AT&T LTE gets turned on in a bunch of new markets

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U.S. wireless carrier yesterday turned on its fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network in several new market whilst expanding coverage in others.

AT&T’s speedy LTE network is now available in major new markets across Illinois, New York and Southern New Jersey Shore Points.

Expanded LTE coverage is now available in the states of North Carolina, Minnesota, Ohio, South Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania and more. Go past the fold for the full list of LTE additions…

AT&T’s 4G LTE is now enabled in the following markets:

• Southern New Jersey Shore Points – Ocean City, Avalon, Stone Harbor, Sea Isle City, North Wildwood, Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, Cape May and Villas
• Rock ISland, Illinois – parts of Sterling and the area of the Quad Cities contained within the Route 80/Route 280 loop, including parts of Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, Davenport and Bettendorf
• Cortland, Seneca Falls and Auburn markets, New York – The coverage includes parts of Cortland, Seneca Falls and Auburn, including Interstate 81 between Exits 11 and 122 in the Cortland area, Route 13 between Truxton and Cortland, and along Routes 5 and 20 through Auburn and Seneca Falls. The expansion is in addition to the AT&T 4G LTE footprint already available in areas of Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Saratoga Springs, Ithaca, Binghamton and Watertown.
• Kinston, North Carolina
• Duluth-Superior, Minnesota
• Dayton, Ohio
• Watertown and Brookings, South Dakota
• Camden and El Dorado-Magnolia, Arkansas
• Astoria, Oregon
• PrescottFlagstaff and Sedona, Arizona
• Berwick, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, the carrier released a new app bringing enhanced push-to-talk capability to the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. And earlier in the month, AT&T lit LTE in sixteen and expanded coverage in three markets.

The telco claims to now cover more than 292 million people with LTE, having invested nearly $98 billion into network modernization over the past five years.

The firm underscores that people outside LTE coverage can still get high-speed data downloads via its ubiquitous HSPA+ network, “unlike some competitors where smartphone customers may fall back to slower 3G technologies when outside of LTE coverage.”

Which competitors, AT&T?