AT&T Rolling Out LTE Network Mid-2011

AT&T has finally revealed their plans for a 4g network, which will be put into full production next year. They have been suffering from a $300 million backlog of parts needed to upgrade their network, and because of this, Sprint and Verizon have both had a head start rolling out their next-gen networks. It will be an uphill battle for the iPhone’s exclusive carrier, especially if they loose their contract with Apple.

AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) will launch commercial LTE service by mid-2011, and will cover between 70 million and 75 million POPs by the end of next year, a top executive said.

For those of you who don’t plan on buying a 4g phone anytime soon, AT&T has got you covered too:

Stankey said he is “never satisfied” with AT&T’s network, and that the company is continually working to improve it. He said that by Oct. 1, AT&T will have added 600 additional radio carriers in San Francisco, which has been a trouble spot for the company.

Whether or not AT&T’s 4g network will take off will probably depend on Apple releasing a capable upgrade to the iPhone, since many users would gladly stick with a 3g iPhone versus a 4g other-phone.

[Boy Genius Report]

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