AT&T LTE Now Available in 11 New Areas

AT&T announced today that its 4G LTE service is now available in 11 additional markets, bringing the total metro areas served to 26.

The new markets are:

* New York City metro area

* Los Angeles

* San Diego

* San Francisco

* Oakland, California

* San Jose

* Orlando

* Austin, Texas

* Chapel Hill, North Carolina

* Phoenix

* Raleigh

AT&T had already rolled out its LTE network service in 2011 to 15 markets: Athens, Ga.; Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Charlotte; Chicago; Dallas-Fort Worth; Houston; Indianapolis; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Oklahoma City; San Antonio; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Washington, D.C.

AT&T says it is the only carrier that provides 4G speeds using both HSPA+ and LTE technologies. HSPA+ offered speed improvements over traditional 3G technology. But the difference is often experienced only when the user is close to a cell tower or the terminal and network both support either MIMO or dual cell technologies.

When a user is not in an AT&T LTE market, HSPA+ (which is more ubiquitous) will likely take up the slack. “Customers of other carriers that have transitioned to 4G LTE without further speed upgrades to their existing networks are likely to see a jarring drop-off in speeds when they move out of LTE coverage,” AT&T said in a press release.

AT&T says its LTE deployment will be “largely complete” by year-end 2013.