AT&T rolls out 4G HSPA+ to 19 more locations including NYC and LA

The news that AT&T was finally getting serious about launching its late-to-the-game LTE service got us thinking about AT&T’s HSPA+ rollout map, the hunt-and-see game where you try to find active HSPA+ markets by rolling your cursor over a map (instead, of say, reading a list off a press release). If you remember in our first discovery the map wasn’t very active, with only 10 active HSPA+ markets (and at the time no HSPA+ compatible phones).

So how’s AT&T doing now? Apparently all that heaven and earth moving is reaping benefits — by our count there are 19 new cities or regions now designated as “active” with HSPA+ services. As usual with AT&T network performance your mileage may vary. But our new list includes the following locales:

California towns:
– Greater Los Angeles area
– San Diego
– Sacramento
– Bakersfield
– Modesto

Texas:
– San Antonio
– Austin

Florida:
– Jacksonville
– Tampa

Other towns and regions:
– Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
– Hartford, Conn.
– Syracuse, N.Y.
– Greater New York City
– Southern New England
– Eastern Pennsylvania
– St. Louis, Mo.
– Kansas City
– “Michigan”
– Anchorage, Ak

What does this mean for the AT&T ‘4G’ customer? Well now there are more places where you may, might, kinda not sure but maybe, might get some faster network performance. As AT&T says itself when you ask how fast its 4G is:

Just how fast is AT&T 4G?
With enhanced backhaul AT&T is seeing network speeds up to approximately 6 Mbps. Actual speeds experienced will vary and depend on several factors, including location, device, environment, and capacity. LTE is expected to deliver even faster speeds.

The money quote: “Actual speeds experienced will vary.” True dat.

About Paul Kapustka

Paul Kapustka is a longtime journalist who has spent more than two decades covering the information technology business, Paul most recently has been focusing on mobility and how it has changed the computing and collaborative landscape. His newest project outside Mobile Enterprise 360 is a research and analysis operation called WiFi Journal. He is also editor in chief of Mobile Sports Report, which covers the intersection of mobile technology and sports business. Paul is also the founder of Sidecut Reports, a research firm that covered the emergence of 4G technology in the cellular marketplace.