Let the War finally begin: LTE vs. WiMAX
September 19, 2010 22 Comments
Both AT&T and Verizon are moving forward with their 4G/LTE networks in 30 US cities, with one launching by the end of the year and the other going commercial by mid-2011. And, with the approval of the first LTE phone by the FCC, the door is opening for flood of new LTE devices.
AT&T expects to give its LTE network a good kick by the middle of 2011, and cover between 70 million and 75 million users by the end of the year. The name of the cites will be announced later, but the company is already carrying out trials in Baltimore where their rival Sprint/Clearwire started their WiMAX.
Meanwhile, Sprint announced this week that Nashville was the next city to get its 4G WiMAX coverage, bumping the number of markets covered by Sprint 4G to 52. That list already includes Honolulu, Chicago, Portland, Las Vegas, Boston, and Salt Lake City, among others. (Granted, many of the cities already covered by Sprint are not exactly huge ones like Verizon’s planned rollout, but we’ll take what we can get.) The carrier and its partner Clearwire hope to cover 120 million customers with WiMAX goodness by the end of 2010.