Earlier today AT&T, during an analyst conference call for investors, revealed their plans to cover 300 million US residents with 4G LTE service by the end of 2014. This is an effort to remain competitive in the Verizon dominated 4G market. The carrier also promised to have 250 million covered by the end of 2013. It’s no secret that at this point, Verizon is the leader in 4G coverage as AT&T has lagged behind in its nationwide LTE rollout. Verizon has stated that they intend to have 260 million residents covered by the end of 2012. In addition, Verizon also has over 400 markets currently covered with its LTE service.
Further, during the conference call, AT&T went on to reiterate its plans to increase the density levels of its network through the use of small cells, macro cells, and distributed antenna systems. The carrier mentioned that these measures will increase network performance in congested areas such as large cities, and it will allow the carrier to more efficiently use the spectrum available to it.
With increased coverage of 4G coverage all around this is nothing but great news for users of Android’s high end devices (sans of course the Nexus 4).