AT&T’s fledgling 4G LTE network has launched in just five major cities so far, and it looks like the next big market will be New York City. During Mashable’s Media Summit today, AT&T’s SVP of communications let it slip that the company’s LTE network will be blanketing NYC very soon, although he did not give a more specific time frame.
The five major cities currently covered by AT&T’s 4G LTE network include Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston, Atlanta, and Chicago. The company is expecting to roll out its LTE network in Boston, Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Athens this Sunday, November 6, when it will also launch its first LTE smartphones, the HTC Vivid and the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket.
Despite being far behind Verizon, which has already met its year-end target of 175 markets, AT&T is playing it slow and steady, aiming for only 15 markets by the end of the year. With these initial markets, AT&T expects to cover more than 70 million customers with the new high-speed network that’s touted to be 10 times faster than the company’s current 3G network.