AT&T Adds 17 New LTE Markets

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U.S. carrier AT&T has launched its 4G LTE service in 17 new markets on April 30. Operators LTE network is now live in 207 markets. AT&T 4G LTE is expected to cover 300 million people by year-end 2014.

The new LTE markets are Shreveport/Bossier, Paris, Nacogdoches-Lufkin, Corsicana, Athens, Mountain Home, Lake City, Lansing, Ocala, Huntsville, Henderson, Chattanooga, Centralia, Gulfport/Biloxi, Huntsville, Decatur and Cullman.

According to AT&T, it is also ahead of schedule with nearly 200 million LTE POPs covered as of first quarter 2013, and expects to complete nearly 90% of 300 million POP LTE build out by the end the year.

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The Issue I see with AT&T

The Issue I see with AT&T Roll out is Building penetration. Signal attenuation is proportional to the square of the frequency, e.g. if I double the frequency used it actually quadruples the loss of the signal and that's just free space loss. when you account for differences in building penetration on top of that, the loss goes up even more.

To improve in building reception I will need to resort to an LTE Wireless Amplifier Repeater Kit. Something like a -65 dBm to cover the 700A/800/1900MHz