News by Dan Seifert on Tuesday November 08, 2011.
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AT&T has revealed that it intends to launch LTE-Advanced technology on its 4G LTE network in 2013. LTE-Advanced is an evolution of the LTE services in use today, and offers improved capacity and coverage.
AT&T did not specify further about how it intends to deploy LTE-Advanced, or if it will do so in the first half of 2013 or later on. AT&T's current 4G LTE network is still in its early stages, with only nine markets in the U.S. covered at this time. The carrier says that it will have 15 markets with LTE by the end of this year.
AT&T won't be the only carrier to utilize LTE-Advanced, as Sprint has announced that it too will launch LTE-Advanced services in 2013. Sprint intends to use the 800MHz spectrum that is currently utilized for iDEN services for LTE-Advanced by the early part of 2013. Clearwire has also said that it could deploy an LTE-Advanced network, provided it has he funding to do so. Verizon Wireless, which currently operates the largest LTE network in the U.S., has not announced any plans for LTE-Advanced at this time. [via Fierce Wireless]
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