Today, AT&T unveiled it's plans to deliver the "Nation's most advanced mobile broadband experience" by adding 4G. The announcement came today at AT&T's Developer's Conference that leads up to the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show.
The initiative includes three areas of concentration.
- AT&T plans to accelerate its LTE network build and launch the services mid-2011. The network is expected to be largely completed by year end 2013. AT&T is quickly expanding ethernet and fiber to cell sites nationwide as well as adding new cell sites to the network. By the end of the 2011, AT&T expects that nearly two-thirds of its mobile broadband traffic will be on expanded backhaul.
- AT&T plans to introduce 20 4G compatible smartphones by the end of 2011. Some of these phones will be exclusive to AT&T. Five to seven of these devices are expected to be available by the first half of 2011.
- AT&T also plans to provide customers access to more mobile applications. The wireless company plans to expand it's leadership in apps with new initiatives to speed collaboration with developers.
Android will likely lead the charge with the initial 4G push by AT&T and maybe a few Windows Phones will surface within the twenty expected devices that are 4G capable. The twenty new devices sounds promising but it's our understanding this includes not only smartphones but also wireless devices such modems, air cards, etc.
Hopefully more will be revealed on AT&T's push for 4G in the coming days at the 2011 CES.