April 19, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
AT&T’s doing its part to catch-up to Verizon’s ever-expanding 4G LTE network. AT&T announced today that it has “turned on” its 4G LTE network in three midwest markets: Akron, Ohio; Canton, Ohio; and Lafayette, Indiana.
Earlier this month, AT&T announced that it would be launching LTE in these cities, along with a few others that have already seen LTE coverage. Today’s official announcement builds upon what AT&T calls the “nation’s largest 4G network.” However, you may quickly realize that T-Mobile also lays claim to that title, and AT&T’s LTE network is just a sliver compared to what Verizon offers. That’s because AT&T counts its HSPA+ network as 4G, even though its speed don’t match up with what’s offered by Verizon (or even T-Mobile in many cases).
Regardless of the proper definition, customers in AT&T’s new markets will see a significant boost in performance if they have an LTE-capable device. LTE provides not only much faster download and upload speeds, but also lower latency, which decreases the amount of time spend waiting for websites to load or games to play, and increases the smoothness of video chat. It also allows AT&T to better manage its network.
AT&T released a cookie-cutter statement that says users in all of these markets have demanded better web performance, and that’s now possible for anyone who lives or visits Akron, Canton, or Lafayette. An LTE-capable device like the HTC Vivid, LG Nitro HD, or Samsung Galaxy Note is required to access AT&T’s 4G LTE network.
The HTC One X that goes on sale May 6 also supports LTE.