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AT&T to launch LTE 4G on September 18

updated 01:40 pm EDT, Thu September 15, 2011

ATT commits to LTE release date at conference

Stepping outside of usual press releases, AT&T CFO John Stephens at the Merrill Lynch MEC conference set a date for the long promised LTE launch. The 4G network will go live on September 18 in the promised five cities, including Atlanta and Chicago as well as the Texas cities of Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. The first devices are already on the market and include the HTC Jetstream tablet as well as the Elevate 4G and Momentum 4G.

Internet use on LTE hardware will be expensive to start, with a minimum $50 needed for 5GB of data.

AT&T's rollout will be more cautious than Verizon's and is estimated to hit 70 million potential users by the end of 2011. The rival network started in 38 cities, including larger ones like New York City, and has been expanding quickly since. A total of 26 new areas got access to Verizon's 4G just on Thursday.

The network is expected to get its first LTE smartphone through the HTC Holiday, sometimes nicknamed the Raider. Apple is known to be testing LTE but won't have iPads and iPhones on LTE until at least 2012.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Kees

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not 4G

    "speed requirements for 4G service at 100 Mbit/s for high mobility communication (such as from trains and cars) and 1 Gbit/s for low mobility communication (such as pedestrians and stationary users)"

    LTE does NOT meet 4G requirements, not like the rest of the world is getting. These telecom guys are selling this stuff as if it's the newest, hottest thing and you guys report on it without even the least bit of criticism?

  1. lysolman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hey Dumbass

    3 paragraphs down on the same page, " On December 6, 2010, ITU announced that current versions of LTE, WiMax and other evolved 3G technologies that do not fulfill "IMT-Advanced" requirements could be considered "4G", provided they represent forerunners to IMT-Advanced and "a substantial level of improvement in performance and capabilities with respect to the initial third generation systems now deployed."

  1. lysolman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How in the h***

    Did I get voted down and Kees get voted up when his statement is incontrovertibly 100% incorrect?

  1. facebook_Justin

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    Joined: Sep 2011


    comment title

    Hoping it at least has HSPA+. I already get almost 5mbps down on my iPhone 4 (AT&T), it will be nice to get 10 or more with HSPA+. Verizon users, on the other hand, can enjoy that lovely less than 1mbps xD

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