AT&T Announces First 5 LTE Markets

When we were at the AT&T Developer’s conference at CES, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de La Vega announced a two part strategy to bring “4G’ to AT&T.

The first part of the strategy was HSPA+ which is currently deployed across AT&T’s wireless network.  The HTC Inspire 4G, The Samsung Infuse 4G and the Motorola Atrix 4G all run on the HSPA+ “4G” network.  The forthcoming LG Thrill (Optimus 3D) will also come to the HSPA+ network.

HSPA+ is an upgraded version of the current technology deployed by AT&T. It’s definitely a noticeable increase in speed however it’s nowhere close to the speeds we are seeing on Verizon Wireless’ 4G/LTE network.  de La Vega, said in January that over the summer AT&T would start turning on their LTE network and of course we are going to see devices that will go hand in hand with that technology.

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It’s important to note right now that a lot of Verizon Wireless customers have noticed a problem in handing off from 4G/LTE to 3G where their phones will drop calls and or data.  AT&T Wireless customers won’t have this problem because the hand-off across existing GSM networks and LTE is a natural transition and smooth transition for users.

AT&T will launch their LTE service in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.  AT&T only said that the service would be available sometime during the summer.

source: FierceWireless