U.S. carrier AT&T Tuesday announced that it is expanding its fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) radio technology in Denver, Boise, Nassau and Suffolk counties while making it available in Gainesville. The carrier continues to poor billions in network expansion as it races rival Verizon Wireless for LTE coverage. According to AT&T, its 4G LTE currently covers 288 million people in the United States…
AT&T started rolling out 4G LTE in Boise in December 2012 and the expanded coverage now includes the Nampa and Caldwell areas. As for Denver, LTE coverage now includes many parts of Westminster and the north Denver-metro area.
In Nassau and Suffolk counties, the carrier’s LTE network was already available in western Nassau and with today’s expansion people across Long Island should start seeing LTE signal on their devices as part of AT&T’s rollout across the New York metropolitan area.
AT&T 4G LTE coverage now includes parts of Jericho, East Meadow, Plainview, Melville, Levittown, North Bellmore, Bellmore, Wantagh, Seaford, Farmingdale, Amityville, North Amityville, Copiague, Lindenhurst, North Lindenhurst, East Massapequa, West Babylon, Deer Park, Wheatly Heights, West Islip and North Bay Shore and extends along the Long Island Expressway, Northern State Parkway, Wantagh Parkway, Hempstead Turnpike, Sunrise Highway, Route 110 and Southern State Parkway.
The carrier also said it invested nearly $98 billion into operations over the past five years.
In fact, AT&T since 2008 invested more capital into the U.S. economy than any other public company. Consumer Reports recently ranked AT&T’s voice and data services the worst among major U.S. carriers, though its 4G LTE service was the best.
The benefits of LTE include typically ten times greater downloads speeds compared to 3G GSM or CDMA technologies, with notably higher uplink speeds and much lower network latency and instant-on connection.
With 4G LTE on supported devices such as the iPhone 5 and latest iPads, customers experience faster loading times for web pages and email messages, smoother and crisper video in FaceTime calls and overall faster performance in apps that load large chunks of data via the cellular network.