AT&T has been working to expand its coverage map, something that will grow over the course of 2014 due to a finalized acquisition of Alltel’s assets. Following this, the carrier has announced an expansion to its 4G LTE network in particular into fourteen new regions, some of which are fairly small mid-western locations.
With the expansion, subscribers in the following cities can now access the carrier’s 4G LTE network: Fairbanks Metropolitan Area, AK, Galesburg, IL, Macomb, IL, Peoria, IL, Des Moines, IA, Madisonville, KY, Maysville, KY, Cumberland, MD, St. Cloud, MN, St. Joseph, MO, Roanoke Rapids, NC, Gettysburg, PA, Big Spring, TX, and Winchester, VA.
This expansion brings the total number of markets covered by the network to 461, with the company having plans to wrap up its 4G LTE rollout next year. Part of this will be an upgrading of Alltel’s network, which it recently acquired, to 4G, with that particular network covering about 4.5 million individuals throughout Ohio, Illinois, Idaho, Georgia, and the Carolinas.
The Alltel subscribers will be migrated over to AT&T next summer, around the time the carrier wants to wrap up its 4G rollout. The expansion of the network after conversion will be on a market-by-market basis, and after all is completed in terms of assets conversion, Alltel will be rebranded underneath AT&T. By the end of the network rollout, the carrier is anticipating a coverage of 300 million individuals.
SOURCE: Talk Android