AT&T has just announced it will launch its initial LTE service in five markets:Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, Texas. John Stankey, President and CEO, AT&T Business Solutions (who’s speaking at our Structure 2011 conference) made the announcement during his talk at the Barclays Capital (s bcs) Global Communications, Media and Technology Conference.
In addition, Stankey said AT&T (s t) has plans to roll out LTE in 10 additional markets by the end of the year — an addressable market of 70 million. AT&T Chief Technology Officer By John Donovan in a blog post noted:
AT&T has delivered five mobile broadband speed upgrades in recent years, including our HSPA+ deployment last year. And average nationwide speeds on the AT&T network have increased — more than 40 percent over the past two years alone.
The next network evolution will arrive this summer with the addition of LTE in five markets – Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio. We plan to add another 10 or more markets in the second half of the year, and cover 70 million Americans with LTE by year-end. We also have plans to add 20 4G devices to our robust device portfolio this year, with some of those being LTE capable.
Stacey Higginbotham recently visited with AT&T and got a hands-on demo of Ma Bell’s LTE network that delivered speeds of almost 30 Mbps down and 10 Mbps up. AT&T is in the process of trying to buy T-Mobile USA in an effort to consolidate its position and add to its spectrum arsenal. The merger is being viewed unfavorably by consumer advocates and has become a symbol of FCC’s ineffectiveness.