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AT&T, the second largest U.S. wireless carrier, is expanding coverage of its high-speed LTE network to 11 new markets, the company announced today.
AT&T’s LTE (Long-Term Evolution) network is considerably faster than the current 3G network speeds — meaning 4G-capable mobile devices can access the internet faster. In November, the company began rolling out new 4G-capable phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid. Sadly, iPhone owners won’t be able to take advantage of the new faster network since it doesn’t support 4G.
AT&T first rolled its LTE network out in September 2011 to five big cities, including San Antonio, Chicago, Dallas, Houston or Atlanta. As of today, the company has added New York City, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Raleigh and Austin. AT&T said the full LTE network expansion should be completed by late 2013 and will include most major cities.
The faster network puts AT&T in line with Verizon and Sprint, which rolled out their own high-speed 4G networks months ago.