Monday, November 14, 2011
AT&T has announced six new markets for its new high speed mobile 4G LTE network, including the city of Charlotte.
Charlotte, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Indianapolis, and San Juan in Puerto Rico will all see the launch of LTE on November 20th, the wireless carrier said in a statement.
AT&T is second only to Verizon in the U.S. cell phone market. Verizon was recently named the fastest carrier, and was first to roll out a speedy LTE network, giving the company a solid advantage over AT&T.
But AT&T is working to close the gap. The company is rapidly expanding its LTE network coverage, and plans to lure customers with a limited time offer for a free Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket phone with the purchase of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. Both are LTE-equipped, and come with a two-year contract.
Even Sprint is getting into the game. It has long relied on Clearwire for its 4G WiMax network, but earlier this year said it plans to roll out its own 4G LTE network in the second half of next year. Sprint also unveiled today lower-cost data plans that undercut AT&T and Verizon.
The faster LTE networks are the way of the future, and the wireless carriers will likely continue to battle for dominance there, expanding networks and offering more 4G-capable devices. The competition may be good news for consumers, who could benefit from faster connection speeds and affordable deals on new hardware as the carriers fight for their patronage.
According to an AT&T press statement, with the launch of the six markets on November 20, they will have fulfilled their goal of deploying LTE to 15 markets by year’s end.