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AT&T launches 4G LTE in 9 new markets, 40 more by end-2012

4G is the fourth generation of cell phone mobile communications standards, a technology which is still in its infancy in the U.S. AT&T has made it public that they will be expanding their 4G LTE network to as many as nine new markets. By the end of the year, the telecom major is expected to make 40 more areas LTE enabled.

The news has come right in time when Apple is about to launch its next-generation iPhone on September 12th. The iPhone 5 is the first iPhone to support 4G LTE connectivity.

AT&T’s 4G LTE has been launched today in the following areas:

• Anchorage, Alaska
• Bakersfield, Calif.
• Bridgeport, Conn.
• Jacksonville, Fla.
• Modesto, Calif.
• North Montgomery County, Md.
• Northern New Jersey
• Omaha, Neb.
• Syracuse, N.Y.

As of now, the carrier has two variants of 4G network – HSPA+ and LTE. The LTE is proven to be faster than HSPA+. AT&T promises its LTE network to deliver 10 times faster data transfer when compared to 3G. It will be deploying its LTE network in the following areas by end of this year.

• Albany, N.Y.
• Albuquerque, N.M.
• Allentown, Penn.
• Hartford, Conn.
• Hawaii
• Knoxville, Tenn.
• Lancaster, Pa.
• Little Rock, Ark.
• Louisville, Ken.
• Milwaukee, Wis.
• Memphis, Tenn.
• Nashua, N.H.
• Charleston, S.C.
• Cincinnati, Ohio
• Columbia, S.C.
• Columbus, Ohio
• Detroit, Mich.
• El Paso, Tex.
• Fayetteville, N.C.
• Portland, Ore.
• Providence, R.I
• Reading, Pa.
• Rochester, N.Y.
• Sacramento, Calif.
• Salinas-Seaside-Monterey, Calif.
• Seattle, Wash.
• Springfield, Mass.
• Toledo, Ohio
• Tucson, Ariz.
• Tulsa, Okla.
• Wilkes-Barre, Penn.
• Wilmington, Del.
• Ft. Myers, Fla.
• Gary, Ind.
• Grand Rapids, Mich.
• Green Bay, Wis.
• Harrisburg, Pa.
• New Haven, Conn.
• Philadelphia, Penn.
• Pittsburgh, Penn.

Back in August, Piper Jaffray, a U.S. middle-market investment firm, conducted a survey which showed that 47% per cent of the consumers in US don’t actually need ultra-high-speed internet connection, though more and more mobile manufacturers are keen on releasing 4G LTE-capable devices. The survey apparently had 3,000 respondents, which is quite a lot of people. As per the results, 47% of the respondents believed that 4G LTE was not needed while 26% shared their thoughts that all 4G network technologies are the same. Only 15% stressed that 4G LTE is the best as far as fast internet connection is concerned.

Considering Apple’s huge fan base, lot more people are expected to make use of 4G networks once iPhone 5 is launched. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know using the comment form below.

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