AT&T’s LTE network dome now covers 300 million people

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AT&T has hit a significant milestone in its 4G rollout. The carrier said Thursday that its LTE network now arches over 300 million people in the U.S. or roughly 95 percent of the population.

Ma Bell didn’t give any indication that it was stopping its rollout, but reaching 300 million brings its 4G coverage just beyond Verizon’s when it closed out its initial LTE rollout with 298 million Americans covered. There are still roughly 17 million Americans who can’t get an AT&T LTE signal, but traditionally the big carriers never reach 100 percent network penetration. Instead they leave the most rural areas of the country to the regional carriers with whom they strike roaming deals.

AT&T LTE markets are marked by the blue dots (source: AT&T)

AT&T LTE markets are marked by the blue dots (source: AT&T)

creating those roaming partnerships their spectrum for LTE rollouts 4G devices become interoperable

AT&T may have effectively completed LTE network No. 1, but it’s been hard at work building its second and even third LTE networks in different frequency bands for awhile. Verizon has been doing the same since last fall, using airwaves it recently acquired from the cable operators to build its XLTE network.

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DeadZones.com

Yes and provides questionable coverage to those who once had coverage by turning down 2G without any transparency. No you see coverage now you don’t is the new norm with network congestion issues.

Ray

Correction: Verizon claims to cover around 306 million pops with 97% of the population. AT&T is within spitting distance no doubt, but their network should be slightly smaller mostly in rual coverage. I’m nit picking here though. Att didn’t say they were done expanding so they could be gunning for verizon here

James Hancock

95% coverage… all of that other 5% must be in Vermont and Western NH and Mass…

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