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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  • Brian Klug - Friday, September 7, 2012 - link

    Correct, "Available" in this context means turned on today, but newly added. This list doesn't include previously enabled markets, I guess I should clarify that.

    If you have a SGS3, you can check whether you're on 5 or 10 MHz LTE channels by going into ServiceMenu by dialing *#0011#, then look under LTE BW. There's no way to do it on the HTC One X.

  • Brian Klug - Friday, September 7, 2012 - link

    I should note that of the new markets, only Anchorage is is 5 MHz FDD. All the others are 10 MHz.


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