AT&T 4G LTE Network Launch Markets: 5 First & 10 More for 2011

As the launch of the AT&T 4G LTE network draws closer we’ve been reporting on some developments. Recently we told how early speed tests showed that AT&T’s LTE network was faster than Verizon’s LTE network and spoke of rumors of the network launch in June. We have news today about the launch markets for the AT&T 4G LTE network and there will be five initially followed by 10 more during 2011.

The AT&T LTE speed tests also led us to wonder what AT&T LTE devices would be showing up over the next few months and then more recently we hoped that the impressive HTC Holiday for AT&T, which was recently leaked, would be 4G LTE compatible. Today AT&T issued a press statement about the network launch but still didn’t clarify a particular date other than a vague “summer.” News of the press release was brought to us from Todd Haselton over on BGR where you can see the full statement.

It seems that there will be five initial markets for the LTE network and they are the cities of Atlanta. Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. No more specific markets were detailed except that AT&T said 10 more regions would be added this year. The company also stated that by the time this year ends its LTE network should cover 70 million Americans. AT&T also stated its intention to add 20 4G devices to its portfolio this year and that of those some would be LTE capable. To find out more about AT&T’s current and future 4G services head here.

This is a big leap forward for AT&T though it has a lot of work to catch up with Verizon’s already extensive LTE network. Are you an AT&T customer in one of the five launch markets? Tell us your thoughts on LTE coming to you.