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AT&T Adds 12 More LTE Markets
by Karl Bode 08:47AM Thursday Dec 19 2013
AT&T this week announced that the wireless carrier has added another 18 LTE markets, bringing their LTE market total to 488. According to the AT&T announcement, the new launches include Durango, Colo.; Elmira, N.Y.; Fond du Lac, Appleton and Oshkosh, Wis.; Kauai, Hawaii; Poplar Bluff and Sikeston, Mo.; Pottsville, Pa.; Terre Haute, Ind.; Burley and Twin Falls, Idaho. AT&T's handy dandy LTE infographic (pdf) indicates that AT&T LTE is expected to cover roughly 270 million potential customers by the end of this year, and 300 million by the end of 2014 -- when AT&T expects its LTE deployment to be largely completed.

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"Substantially Complete"

What does "substantially complete" mean AT&T?

Does it mean having LTE overbuilt everywhere you have HSPA/HSPA+?
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Re: "Substantially Complete"

They said from the very start that they won't overlay LTE everywhere as HSPA+ will be good enough to be competitive with the competition.

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Re: "Substantially Complete"

Competitive? Verizon's network has over 99% of its 3G footprint covered by LTE and that was back in June.
»www.verizonwireless.com/news/art ··· ets.html

AT&T's HSPA/HSPA+ can't match that if it doesn't do a complete overbuild of LTE.
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Re: "Substantially Complete"

They had too, their 3G service was crap. The hastily rolled LTE out, was fraught with issues and still don't have a clean transition between LTE and 3G, have it use dual radio. They decided instead of going with enhanced 3G, to move directly to LTE while AT&T and T-mo rolled out HSPA+ (3G marketed as 4G), roughly 4 times faster than Verizon's 3G.

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Re: "Substantially Complete"

I appreciate your point about Verizon's deployment issue, but you didn't address mine.

So when will AT&T have over 99% of its HSPA/HSPA+ footprint overbuilt with LTE to match the scope of Verizon's LTE coverage for its network?

Words like "substantially" are quite vague... I figure that's why AT&T uses them.
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Re: "Substantially Complete"

They won't, but it's not like they need to. Despite the speeds you may currently get Verizon's goal is 12m consistently. HSPA+ can do this.

Forget the faster speeds you are seeing now, it's going to change once voice starts traveling over LTE, and before you say it transitioning voice from HSPA to LTE and vice versa is relatively seamless.

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Re: "Substantially Complete"

Hold on a second. Why is it a good thing for AT&T to still have substantial portions of its network footprint not be LTE? If Verizon is upgrading its entire 3G footprint to LTE, that's a much more robust network. Period.

As Verizon is doing now, that network can be migrated to LTE Advanced or AWS spectrum can augment it.

As for VoLTE, Verizon's got it made doing a deployment over a single network technology (LTE). If AT&T doesn't do a complete buildout, you'll have issues doing VoLTE that wouldn't otherwise exist.
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Re: "Substantially Complete"

99% is substantially, so by end of 2014 AT&T plans to have their 4G LTE completed to cover virtually all of 3G/4G coverage they have now, and as of now, they are way ahead of that covering 270M of 300M pops...

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Re: "Substantially Complete"

AT&T has never said anything about 99%, so it's unclear where you are getting that from.
Nor has AT&T said about doing a complete LTE overbuild of its HSPA/HSPA+ network.

All AT&T has said is that its LTE build will be "substantially" complete in 2014... Whatever that means...

Verizon has been very clear about the scope of its LTE overbuild. It aims to replace its entire 3G footprint with LTE. As of June this year, Verizon was 99% of the way there.
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Come on AT&T!

I'll be your newest loyal customer if you get 4G LTE deployed to Altoona/Johnstown and Lewistown, PA.

I'll finally have a real cell carrier instead of whatever US Cellular is these days.

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Re: Come on AT&T!

Sprint, via Shentel, has LTE in Lewistown PA. Sadly no LTE in Altoona/Johnstown