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AT&T to Pump Out $14 Billion to Enhance Network, 4G LTE Should Cover 300 Million People By End of 2014

Some interesting figures came out of AT&T today, as they have announced investment plans to the tune of $14 billion. That huge amount of cash will go directly into enhancements and improvements for their wireless/wireline networks throughout America.

According to AT&T, their goal is to have 4G LTE cover 300 million customers by the end of 2014. For those keeping score (don’t worry, we are doing it for you), Verizon’s 4G LTE already serves up to 245 million customers here in the states. Boom. 

 AT&T plans to expand its 4G LTE network to cover 300 million people in the United States by year-end 2014, up from its current plans to deploy 4G LTE to about 250 million people by year-end 2013. In AT&T’s 22-state wireline service area, the company expects its 4G LTE network will cover 99 percent of all customer locations.

Every time I see one of their commercials on TV boasting their 4G network compared to other’s, I can’t help but smile a bit. As for the customers on AT&T that will soon see that 4G LTE icon light up on their devices, don’t worry, it’s coming!

Via: AT&T

  • It’s really weird to see people rooting for at&t. Verizon use to be like the golden child, but now it seems like their reputation really went to crap. I know I use to be happy to pay a premium for Verizon’s service, but now I can’t wait for a decent alternative to jump ship to.

  • Shugaman

    I will pay big red whatever they want, i want my phone to work all the time when i need it to wherever i am. Nothing beats big red coverage people…nothing….

  • wickets

    couldnt use my phone on att after sandy came through town…vzw was fine. Whatever hopes I had of leaving vzw to save some money via att contract/prepaid are out the window forever.

  • Peter Pugliese

    I’m sticking with Verizon and my unlimited plan until they pry it from me. Then I will likely consider T-Mobile pre-paid.

  • Tyler

    Does it seem insane to anyone else that you have four competing companies all putting up their own towers to roll out LTE, which is supposed to be a universal standard? Imagine if such a thing had occurred 80 years ago when they were laying down copper for landline phone service.

    This is one case where the government should have stepped in and prevented this waste and poor customer experience, especially given that landlines will go away at some point.

  • prestone1

    Good they need it. At&t has always sucked for me. More dropped calls than I had with metropcs

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    But did you hear… Federal Regulators have taken notice that when they proposed to merge with T-mobile, AT&T claimed that they could not expand their 4G network past 80% without the merger. Now they have changed their tune. Aka. they lied to the Federal Regulators. When regulators claimed that AT&T could hit 97% without the deal, AT&T practically flipped their lid and called the regulators assumption to be,”based purely on speculation.” Guess the regulators knew what they were talking about.

  • MotoRulz

    Soooo let me see if I get this.. In two years they will be, for the most part, where Verizon is now? Verizon FTW!!!

  • jboogie1289

    So, is this suppose to remedy the regular coverage and reception, or the lack thereof? Nothing is worse than seeing my coworkers with AT&T service walking around trying to get any type of signal and T-Mobile service coworkers huddled up around the exit door to get anything close to a signal. Mind you, I/We work in an exploision proof control room that is rated for a major disaster and yet with VZW I always get great 3g and here in the past few months 4g reception. Not bragging on VZW by any means but I do hope that this will cure a lot of AT&T issues with reception.

    • JoshGroff

      CDMA typically has a stronger signal indoors, I’ve noticed it even with a crappy prepaid metroPCS phone.

      • Diablo81588

        If that’s the case, then why does Sprint have terrible reception? CDMA is no stronger than GSM in signal strength. Its all proportional to how many, and in this case, how close you are to a cell tower. More towers=better coverage.

        • JoshGroff

          Good point, but CDMA at least seems to penetrate walls better for some reason. It could just be the placebo effect Verizon has.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            It has nothing to do with CDMA or GSM, it has everything to do with the frequency it operates at and how strong the signal is in the first place.

          • Diablo81588

            Lower frequency penetrates walls better at the cost of bandwidth. Verizon might use a lower frequency than the other GMS carriers, but I’m not sure.

        • Because Sprint. That’s why.

  • Droid Burgundy

    I guess this is great news if you are still grandfathered in to unlimited data on AT&T ? Outside of those folks I don’t get why people care about speeds.. what does it matter when it costs so damn much?

  • hgomes30

    AT&T 4G LTE Commercials, and the lies they tell…

    • JoshGroff

      They say they have the most 4G (and if you include their HSPA+ network, which I assume they do, that’s probably true.)

      • Diablo81588

        They should say 4G HSPA+ instead of confusing customers into thinking its comparable to LTE. That’s along the same lines as LCD manufacturers calling TVs LED TV, even though its just a LCD with a LED backlight… Damn marketing!

        • Jarred Sutherland

          HSPA+ is easily comparable to LTE in its current form.

          • Diablo81588

            Maybe in download speed, but its not comparable in latency or uplink. Not by a long shot.

      • hgomes30

        Sorry, but when I think 4G…it’s LTE, and nothing else.

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  • James

    ATT, the next VZW 🙂

  • it’ll be to late by then.. vzw will be in LTE advance

  • Blah

    There’s only about 300 million people in ‘Merica. So are they saying their LTE network will be useful everywhere?

  • Jarred Sutherland

    Yay, that’s great. And with 2GB caps (or even lower family share plans!) you can reach that cap in record time America. This is just stupid.

    • JoshGroff

      Also why I’m jumping ship to T-Mobile, I’ll take unlimited HSPA+ over 2GB of LTE any day. (not to mention I’m stuck on 3G with VZW while T-Mobile has FauxG around me)

      • normmcgarry

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but T-Mobile doesn’t have unlimited HSPA+. They knock you off of HSPA+ to 3g after 2GB or 5GB depending on your plan.

        • JoshGroff

          They have an unlimited nationwide 4G plan, no data caps. It’s like $69.99 a month for unlimited mins and texts as well. I’m not sure how that incorporates into family plans, I believe it’s more of a single line plan, but I’m not sure.

      • Diablo81588

        What good is unlimited when the coverage is spotty? You get what you pay for my friend.

        • JoshGroff

          It’s not spotty where I live, nor spotty in SC/NC where I go for vacation, aside from heavily wooded areas, but VZW is spotty there too. Also, there’s a “4G” tower about a mile down the road from my house.

        • fixxmyhead

          only spotty in hick states. its great in so cal

          • Diablo81588

            Its only decent in highly populated areas. So I guess if you’re a bum and never go on vacations anywhere it would be fine.

          • JoshGroff

            Or if you have a GSM unlocked device and pop in a prepaid SIM from a local carrier whilst on vacation… Also, it’s not as spotty as it used to be.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            And this is the attraction to prepaid services for me. Not sure why people have the desire to be locked into a single carrier.

          • fixxmyhead

            well why would u wanna go anywhere else. california has everything its the golden state plus were close to cabo if we wanna go for a vacation

          • Diablo81588

            Get off your high horse. I’ve been to California several times and will never return. Everything is overpriced and the people are arrogant. There’s many different places I’d rather be.

          • fixxmyhead

            hey alot of people love this place. idk what people see in those other boring states like the midwest or the south i would never live there. its the price u pay for living in the golden state. we got the beaches, the nice weather,plus a whole lot more. maybe u just had a bad vibe but the other guy that commented love it. he said the people were friendly and would move here if he could

          • Diablo81588

            The only thing golden about california is the equivalent price to live there. I don’t see anything so special about it. I have tons of beach where I live in Houston.

          • fixxmyhead

            but..but.. the nice weather.

          • Diablo81588

            Summers can get pretty hot, but winters are mild and we don’t have to deal with snow. Hurricanes are a bother, but even those only come every 5-10 years on average. My biggest complaint about our weather is the scattered rain. Its unpredictable and tends to come on the weekend when I take the jetski out.. Damn rain.. lol

          • LionStone

            Plus don’t forget… Cali is the home of the World Series Champions, San Francisco Giants…2 in 3 years!! Yeehaw 🙂

          • Jarred Sutherland

            I loved California when I visited. People were friendly to me and the landscape was amazing. I would move there if I could.

          • zUFC

            Spotty everywhere!!!!!!!!

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        • Jarred Sutherland

          Well, for those that want to pay Verizon the equivalent of a small car payment for cell service that’s fine. Ill put up with some spotty service while saving a fortune each year to put into other things. Saving over 1K a year dropping Verizon and going with prepaid.

          • Diablo81588

            To each his own. I’d rather pay more and have reliable cell coverage. Verizon has prepaid as well, though its more expensive I’m sure.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            What do you define as reliable? Do you have to have data coverage everywhere, or are you OK with possibly just having voice service for a short time.

            Personally, I can go without (and it wont happen often anyways) data for as short time while I am driving. They have coverage in all the areas I go daily, so the savings are very worth it to me. Verizon’s prepaid service is even more costly than their normal postpaid.

          • Diablo81588

            I have data anywhere I go. Most of the time LTE, but an occasional full bars of 3g in the “extended” LTE spots. I stream pandora and rhapsody every day in the car, and having the music stop half way through my drive is annoying. Do I “need” data service everywhere I go? No, but I’ve grown accustomed to having uninterrupted service and I’m willing to pay extra to make sure it happens.

          • michael arazan

            Try getting a flat tire or engine problems or some other type of emergency without the access to searching, especially in the middle of nowhere with a vzw signal that I know tmobile won’t have, especially in MO and IL away from the major highways.

          • zUFC

            Sorry but it’s not “some spotty service”.i wish it was then i would have a choice. Try having to drive ten miles up the road in the second largest city in New England to see if you T-mobile phone works. Same with AT&T. Had them all, traveled the country with them all, and none work. VZ isn’t that much more. I used to think that to. But it’s not enough that you’ll save over 1K. I paid four ETA fee’s to get out of them all. they were unusable!!!!

          • Ibrick

            Right there with you, paid 3 ETF’s to get away from TMo myself..

            Had the service for about a year, the billing was more often incorrect each month, was straight up lied to about an upgrade by a sales associate, and when VZW rolled out 4G BEFORE TMo even had 3G in my area that was the final straw..

            The extra $30/mo is more than worth it IMO.. Those that give up their unlimited to jump to TMo will learn sooner or later.

    • Dr_Buttballs

      There lowest cap is 3GB if I’m not mistake, and you aren’t forced into a shared data plan (yet).