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AT&T Expands Its LTE Network, Fears T-Mobile’s Potential

AT&T  adds to its 4G network in Ohio, Connecticut, Florida, and Tennessee

[Photo Credit: AT&T]

T-Mobile announced its LTE reach as well as its new Value Plans today, and AT&T has wasted little time in responding to T-Mobile’s reach. The carrier known for having “the nation’s largest 4G network” has responded by extending its reach into the states of Alabama, Connecticut, Tennessee, Florida, and Ohio. AT&T must respond in some manner, since T-Mobile’s plans look to disrupt the comfortable consumer base that AT&T has enjoyed until now. AT&T has already issued its mudslinging ads — although T-Mobile responded in stellar fashion. What is keeping AT&T up at night? “Apparently Us,” reads one of T-Mobile’s anti-AT&T ads.

According to AT&T, 4G LTE coverage will now be extended to 21 sites in Alabama:

* I-10, east of Spanish Fort to Florida’s state line
* HWY 59 (I-10, Loxley, Foley, and Gulf Shores)
* HWY 180 (Fort Morgan to Gulf Shores)
* HWY 59 to Orange Beach

Baldwin County and South Alabama will be the major recipients of AT&T’s new LTE towers in Alabama State. According to AT&T’s announcement, the company has “invested nearly $100 million in its Mobile area wireless and wireline network — and nearly $1.4 billion in Alabama’s wireless and wireline network – from 2010 through 2012.”

Connecticut is the second state to receive the benefits of AT&T’s expanding LTE coverage. Cheshire, Meriden, Prospect, Waterbury, and Wolcott will receive LTE coverage. In Tennessee, Dyersburg and Ripley will receive LTE coverage under the AT&T banner; in Florida, Sebring will sport AT&T LTE, and Athens in Ohio (also Bowling Green) is the new recipient of AT&T’s plans to extend LTE coverage in Ohio State.

To add to the new LTE expansion, AT&T also expanded LTE coverage in various cities throughout Virginia and Georgia on March 14, 2013.

The result of all this coverage is that more and more citizens on the East Coast (and In the North) can enjoy AT&T’s nationwide 4G LTE. All of this expansion means that T-Mobile will have some catching up to do with its LTE towers. While T-Mobile just flipped the switch for 8 major cities in the US (including Las Vegas, Kansas City, Houston, and Washington DC), the Deutsche Telekom carrier will need to turn more and more tower switches on in the next few months — preferably, by the time Apple introduces its iPhone 5S.