In a flurry of press releases today, AT&T announced a slew of new 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) markets. The news includes a total of 54 new markets, 7 are online today, 2 are market expansions, and 47 will come online before the end of 2012. There's no doubt some strategery involved here, as this announcement comes just under a week before the formal announcement of Apple's upcoming iPhone which will undoubtedly include LTE. I've gone through all the press releases and compiled a list of the new markets:

New AT&T LTE Markets
Available Today:
Anchorage, Alaska
Bakersfield, California
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Jacksonville, Florida
Modesto, California
Expansion: Northern Montgomery county, Maryland (Germantown, Clarksburg, Boyd's, Poolsville and Damascus Hope)
Expansion: Northern New Jersey (Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Essex, Union and Middlesex Counties from Norwood to the Raritan Bay.)
Omaha, Nebraska
Syracuse, New York
End of 2012:
Albany, New York
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Birmingham, Alabama
Boise, Idaho
Charleston, South Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Columbia, South Carolina
Columbus, Ohio
Denver-Boulder, Colorado
Detroit, Michigan
El Paso, Texas
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Fort Myers, Florida
Gary, Indiana
Grand Rapids, Michigan 
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Greenville, South Carolina
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Hartford, Connecticut
Honolulu, Hawaii
Knoxville, Tennessee 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Little Rock, Arkansas
Louisville, Kentucky
Memphis, Tennessee 
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Nashua, New Hampshire 
New Haven, Connecticut
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Portland, Oregon
Portland, Maine
Providence, Rhode Island
Reading, Pennsylvania 
Rochester, New York
Sacramento, California
Salinas-Seaside-Monterey, California
Seattle, Washington
Springfield, Massachusetts 
Toledo, Ohio
Tucson, Arizona
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Wilmington, Delaware 

AT&T LTE uses 10 MHz FDD-LTE in most markets, 5 MHz FDD-LTE in others on LTE bands 17 (700 MHz lower) and 4 (AWS), though I'm not aware of any markets having band 4 LTE lit up quite yet. That varies from market to market depending on spectrum licensing. As an aside, this includes my own home market of Tucson, AZ which will finally obviate the need to drive to Phoenix, AZ for LTE testing handsets, or handing them off to Anand for testing in his AT&T LTE market. The news should be up on AT&T's own press site later today.

Update: It looks like AT&T is continuing to announce more markets, updating as necessary.

Update 2: I've now gotten the final list. The total is now 7 new markets, 2 market expansions, and 47 more new markets by the end of the year, which brings the total to 107 markets by the end of 2012. 

Source: AT&T

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  • xTRICKYxx - Thursday, September 6, 2012 - link

    As a Vermonter, I am disappointed.
  • RU482 - Thursday, September 6, 2012 - link

    Now if the pricks could consistently provide reliable voice service at my office or at my house, I'd be impressed
  • bill4 - Friday, September 7, 2012 - link

    better than overcharging hundreds of dollars for garbage phones like verizon does, and then still having worse voice, more drops, and worse data speeds (like verizon does)
  • djc208 - Thursday, September 6, 2012 - link

    Nothing in VA, not even around DC. Guess it's either Verizon and more money or stay on Sprint and worse service.
  • thomp237 - Thursday, September 6, 2012 - link

    Anchorage, Alaska before Detroit. I knew most companies hated Detroit but wow. Just WOW!

    My list of companies that hate Detroit:
    In-N-Out Burger
    New Belgium Brewing Company (recently rectified)
    and AT&T

    Feel free to add to the list :)
  • DFranch - Thursday, September 6, 2012 - link

    I live in Albany, NY, and if it makes you feel any better, we don't have any of those companies in our area either (in fact, the only one I've ever heard of in-N-Out Burger). At least we're getting LTE by the end of the year. I guess I'll have to get a new phone that supports it.
  • kmmatney - Thursday, September 6, 2012 - link

    No Chick-Fil-A? In-N-Out is thinking about coming out to Denver/Boulder. It would be like printing money if they did.
  • deeznuts - Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - link

    You are not missing anything with Yuengling. It was so hyped and when I made it to DC and finally had some, I'm thinking, WTF is everyone talking about?

    I'm spoiled in San Diego for good beer, but seriously, it was bad. Very generic tasting.
  • MGSsancho - Thursday, September 6, 2012 - link
  • Myrandex - Thursday, September 6, 2012 - link

    On the Available Today list, there are other areas that have LTE enabled already and are not on that list, so I believe that is just a list that had LTE Enabled today.

    For example, Canton, Ohio has it and it is quite nice here.

    Is there any way to tell what is deployed in a given area (such as 10 MHz. or 5 MHz.)?


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