With Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) widely expected to introduce a LTE-capable sixth-generation iPhone next week, AT&T (NYSE:T) announced it was expanding its 4G coverage into 9 new areas, with 44 more markets coming before the end of the year. At the moment, the third-generation iPad is Apple’s only 4G LTE device.
AT&T, the second-largest wireless carrier in the U.S., claims that its 4G LTE network is capable of delivering mobile Internet speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. The company has invested more than $115 billion in building up operations and acquiring spectrum to improve its network over the last five years, according to AppleInsider.
As of Thursday, AT&T’s 4G LTE network is also available in Anchorage, Alaska; Bakersfield, Calif.; Bridgeport, Conn.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Modesto, Calif.; North Montgomery County, Md.; Northern New Jersey; Omaha, Neb.; and Syracuse, N.Y.
AT&T’s HSDPA system, which was introduced to iPhone 4S users starting with iOS 5.1 and is capable of 4G-like speeds, is not a true fourth-generation network. However, it has helped AT&T differentiate itself from rivals Verizon (NYSE:VZ) and Sprint (NYSE:S), which still carry the latest iPhone on slower 3G speeds.
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