With the big cities covered, AT&T starts filling in its LTE gaps


AT&T(s t) has arrived at the same comfortable point in its LTE rollout that Verizon Wireless(s vz)(s vod) hit about this time last year. It’s now built out the 4G network in 261 markets, blanketing 200 million people. That means all of the major and mid-sized cities are covered, and Ma Bell can start focusing on the small cities and towns in between.

On Wednesday it announced a list of 22 new markets receiving the LTE upgrade, and last week it took its new network live in another 11. Apart from a few more recognizable burgs like Colorado Springs, Co.; Olympia and Spokane, Wash.; and Fort Wayne, Ind.; you can be forgiven for not knowing many of the towns on these lists. Batesville, Ark., doesn’t host any professional sports teams.

AT&T’s goal is to reach 250 million people covered by the end of the year, which will mean covering a lot of smaller cities and towns. It’s planning 77 new market launches this summer alone. To put it in perspective, Verizon has launched LTE in 491 markets, yet it’s footprint encompasses 287 million people. From here on out, we’re going to see AT&T add hundreds of more names to its coverage list, but each new name will only add incremental gains to its total population covered.


Andrew VanBeek

6 million people live in Iowa, is only installing LTE in Davenport really the best you can do? If so, you won’t find me renewing my contract when it expires shortly.

Andrew VanBeek

Correction, 3 Million People live in Iowa. Still, pretty embarrassing that AT&T installed LTE in Dillion SC (population around 6,000) before installing 3G/HSPA in Fort Dodge IA (population around 25,000), let alone installing LTE in Des Moines. Show Iowa some love AT&T for crying out loud.


Just about 2 weeks ago AT&T launched LTE here in my small town of Sequim, WA Verizon has already had LTE here for quite some time. but att lte is very patchy as i only see one att lte tower i suspect better lte covverage will be coming soon


No LTE yet in Des Moines, IA. But then again, it is a rather small “metro” (~500,000).

Michael Tupelo

I guarantee you, Batesville, AR is much much smaller than Des Moines and they already have it!! I’m very upset because LTE has rolled out in small towns within 70 miles of my town, Tupelo, MS. Yet, there is no LTE here yet! Hang in there.

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