US wireless giant AT&T Mobility has made good on its April promise to launch Long Term Evolution (LTE) on the US Virgin islands (USVI) by ‘the end of the summer’, by confirming that its 4G network went live on the islands of St Croix and St Thomas earlier this week. Ray Flores, regional vice president of AT&T’s Puerto Rico & USVI division, commented: ‘As part of the US Virgin Islands community, we are always looking for new opportunities to provide enhanced coverage, and our investment in the local wireless network is another way we are accomplishing that’. The launch means that AT&T has pipped long-term rival Sprint Nextel past the post; in September 2012 Sprint revealed plans to deploy LTE on St Thomas, but no launch has been forthcoming.
In related news, AT&T has also extended its LTE network to a further 33 cities on the US mainland. The rollout, which encompasses locations such as Cape Cod (Massachusetts), Atlantic City (New Jersey) and Odessa (Texas), takes the total number of markets covered by AT&T’s LTE infrastructure to 326. TeleGeography notes that chief rival Verizon Wireless passed the 500-market milestone last week.