AT&T plans to roll out its 4G LTE network in Honolulu by the end of the year, bringing its customers the latest generation of wireless network technology and faster mobile Internet speeds.
LTE technology is capable of delivering mobile Internet speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. AT&T says its LTE network is the fastest in the U.S. The fastest download claim is based on a comparison of average download speeds of Android smartphones operating on the 4G LTE networks of U.S. national carriers. PC World also tested networks speeds in 13 different markets and found AT&T had the fastest download speeds among 4G networks.
AT&T is the only carrier offering two complementary speeds offering 4G speeds -- HSPA+ and LTE. This means you will consistently have a faster-than-3G connection, even when you move out of the LTE area. Competitors fall back on slower 3G technologies when outside the reach of its LTE network.
Some Android and Windows 7 and other phones on the AT&T network already support LTE. AT&T flagship smartphone, the iPhone 4S, supports HSPA+ but does not support LTE. The next iPhone, which is rumored to be unveiled next Wednesday, is expected to support LTE. The new iPad for AT&T released earlier this year already supports LTE.
AT&T says it has invested more than $115 billion into operations and into acquiring spectrum and other assets that have enhanced our wireless and wired networks.