AT&T Announces First LTE Cities, Limited to Five in the Summer
Verizon's LTE service, which launched in real (non-beta testing) form late last year, though sans handsets, has vowed to get its LTE service into 175 markets by the end of 2011 It announced on Tuesday that 21 new markets would see LTE on June 16. Verizon expects to cover 2/3 of the U.S. population by mid-2012.
Meanwhile, AT&T continues to lag, with only 10 additional markets to be added to the initial five [and why are so many in Texas?] in the second half of the year. AT&T hopes to cover 70 million Americans by the end of 2011.
In reality, at first the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which is the defining body, said that the first revision of Long Term Evolution (LTE) and WiMax did not meet its requirements for 4G. Later, it backtracked and said that both of those, along with HSPA+ could be called 4G.