In a press release this morning AT&T has announced their plans to rollout 4G LTE (long term evolution) in the St. Louis area as early as next month (April 2012). The press release states that the rollout to St. Louis and the other cities announced, “are scheduled for April, May and into early summer.” LTE is only currently available in St. Louis through Verizon.
What does LTE mean for you? It means extremely fast data connections on your compatible mobile device. How fast? Well we won’t know exactly until it is rolled out but other areas have seen speeds ranging from 15-65 Mbps download. If you’re still scratching your head let me give you a comparison, I currently have 12 Mbps download on my home internet connection.
LTE is only supported on certain devices including the upcoming Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II Windows Phones, which are both also rumored to be released on AT&T in the coming months. There are also many Android devices that support LTE. The only Apple device that currently supports LTE is the newly announced third generation iPad.
AT&T has provided a video that provides further detail about LTE.
See the full press release below.
AT&T 4G LTE COMING SOON TO ST. LOUIS
More customers can look forward to ultra-fast mobile Internet on the latest LTE devices
St. Louis customers will see several benefits from AT&T 4G LTE, including:
· Faster speeds. LTE technology is capable of delivering mobile Internet speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. Customers will be able to stream, download, upload and game faster than ever before.
· Faster response time. LTE technology offers lower latency, or the processing time it takes to move data through a network, such as how long it takes to start downloading a webpage or file once you’ve sent the request. Lower latency helps to improve services like mobile gaming, two-way video calling and telemedicine.
· More efficient use of spectrum. Wireless spectrum is a finite resource, and LTE uses spectrum more efficiently than other technologies, creating more space to carry data traffic and services and to deliver a better network experience.
“AT&T customers in St. Louis can look forward to even faster mobile Internet speeds very soon, on our leading lineup of smartphones and devices,” said Nancy Garvey, AT&T’s vice president and general manager for the Greater Midwest Region. “We’re excited to bring St. Louis all that 4G LTE has to offer. Our teams will be working hard across the city toward our upcoming launch.”
AT&T’s 4G Network
In addition to St. Louis, AT&T 4G LTE is also coming to Naples, Fla; Bloomington, Lafayette and Muncie, Ind.; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, La.; Akron, Canton and Cleveland, Ohio; Bryan-College Station, Texas; and Staten Island in New York City. These launches are scheduled for April, May and into the early summer.
AT&T customers have access to the nation’s largest 4G network, covering nearly 250 million people. Even as 4G LTE expands, AT&T customers are able to enjoy widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G speeds on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas. AT&T has two 4G networks that work together for customers, LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. With other carriers, when you travel outside of their LTE coverage area, you’re on a much slower 3G network.