is playing a game of catch-up on the 4G LTE
front, trying to keep up with its biggest rival, Verizon
(and not yet succeeding in doing so). AT&T will close the gap a bit, at least for now, with a dozen new 4G LTE deployments in cities around the country.
Although there’s no hard date or even a given order for the rollouts--the press releases simply say they’re coming “soon”, in April, May, and “into the early summer”--the company has stated that cities getting the new mobile broadband capabilities are Bloomington, Lafayette, and Muncie, Indiana; Naples, Florida; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana; St. Louis, Missouri; Akron, Canton, and Cleveland, Ohio; Bryan-College Station, Texas; and Staten Island, NYC.
AT&T claims that its 4G network will encompass 250 million Americans, and it was sure to tout its 4G-ish HSPA+ network stepping-stone as a better alternative to its competitors’ 3G.