According to US website IntoMobile.com, AT&T is planning to introduce commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) services on 30 June 2011. Quoting ‘a trusted source’, the site reports that the cellco’s fourth generation network is set to go live in New York City on that date. Further, the same source has indicated that AT&T’s LTE network will be lit up in Los Angeles on 24 July. AT&T has yet comment on the speculation.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in January 2011 AT&T issued an unofficial announcement regarding its LTE rollout plans at the company conference in Las Vegas. Speaking at the forum, Ralph de la Vega, chief executive of AT&T’s wireless unit, claimed that the company expected to begin deploying 4G from mid-2011, going on to complete the nationwide rollout by the end of 2013. De La Vega promised that AT&T’s network would be the fastest in the country and ‘deliver the best customer experience’.