AT&T continues to expand 4G LTE coverage, Cleveland on deck with 11 other markets to follow

AT&T plans on expanding their 4G LTE network to a total of 12 markets between now (or actually soon) and early Summer. Things will kick off with Cleveland, but no date was specified. I would expect the switch to be flipped by the end of this month. In fact, if you already own an AT&T LTE capable phone you might already be getting it since they’re most likely testing now. After Cleveland, the following 11 locations will receive AT&T’s blazing fast LTE network:

  • Akron, OH
  • Canton, OH
  • Naples, FL
  • Bloomington, IN
  • Lafayette, IN
  • Muncie, IN
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • New Orleans, LA
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Bryan-College Station, TX
  • Staten Island in New York City.
Again no specified dates or in what order, but separate launches are expected in April, May, and into early Summer. Upon completion of these 12 markets, the overall total for AT&T will stand at 40. Not bad, but Verizon Wireless holds a major lead with 196.

Full press release after the break:

AT&T 4G LTE Coming Soon to Cleveland

More customers can look forward to ultra-fast mobile Internet on the latest LTE devices

CLEVELAND, March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – AT&T* plans to roll out 4G LTE in Cleveland soon, bringing customers the latest generation of wireless network technology and faster mobile Internet speeds.

Cleveland customers will see several benefits from AT&T 4G LTE, including:

  • Faster speeds. LTE technology is capable of delivering mobile Internet speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. Customers will be able to stream, download, upload and game faster than ever before.
  • Cool new devices. AT&T offers several LTE-compatible devices, including new AT&T 4G LTE smartphones and tablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note™HTC One X, and Pantech Element™ tablet.
  • Faster response time. LTE technology offers lower latency, or the processing time it takes to move data through a network, such as how long it takes to start downloading a webpage or file once you’ve sent the request. Lower latency helps to improve services like mobile gaming, two-way video calling and telemedicine.
  • More efficient use of spectrum. Wireless spectrum is a finite resource, and LTE uses spectrum more efficiently than other technologies, creating more space to carry data traffic and services and to deliver a better network experience.

“AT&T customers in Cleveland can look forward to even faster mobile Internet speeds very soon, on our leading lineup of smartphones and devices,” said Larry Evans, vice president and general manager, AT&T Ohio and western Pennsylvania. “We’re excited to bring Cleveland all that 4G LTE has to offer. Our teams will be working hard across the city toward our upcoming launch.”

AT&T’s 4G Network

In addition to Cleveland, AT&T 4G LTE is also coming to Akron and Canton, Ohio; Naples, Fla.; Bloomington, Lafayette andMuncie, Ind.; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, La.; St. Louis, Mo; Bryan-College Station, Texas; and Staten Island in New York City. These launches are scheduled for April, May and into the early summer.

AT&T customers have access to the nation’s largest 4G network, covering nearly 250 million people. Even as 4G LTE expands, AT&T customers are able to enjoy widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G speeds on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas. AT&T has two 4G networks that work together for customers, LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. With other carriers, when you travel outside of their LTE coverage area, you’re on a much slower 3G network.

Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. Deployment ongoing. 4G LTE device and data plan required. Up to 10x claim compares 4G LTE download speeds to industry average 3G download speeds. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G speeds not available everywhere. Learn more at att.com/network.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.  It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T │DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.

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