LTE rollouts continue throughout the U.S. and Canada for Verizon, AT&T, and Rogers iPads

If you're the proud owner of an LTE iPad then you likely follow the news of LTE rollouts as they happen. More markets mean more chances you'll be covered, after all. Verizon is constantly updating their LTE coverage areas and today have announced a bunch of new LTE markets around Georgia and New York. AT&T is still playing catchup in Florida, Texas, and New York. Rogers, meanwhile, is pledging 28 new markets in Canada by 2013.

Overall, the expansion of LTE across carrier networks can be looked at in a number of ways. If you live in rural areas, you're probably not getting much love, but if you live within a large city, you're more likely to attach yourself to an LTE tower and enjoy it for all it is worth. Only the iPad is available right now with LTE so iPhone owners won't be making use of LTE until October and the iPhone 5 at the earliest.

That said though, it could be a blessing in disguise because, by the time an LTE equipped iPhone is unveiled, LTE will be available in even more areas then ever before. Kind of makes you wonder if that's exactly how Apple planned it. Looking for the full list of new coverage areas from Verizon and Rogers? You'll find them below.

Source: Verizon, AT&T, Rogers

New LTE markets for Verizon

  • Syracuse, NY
  • Cicero, NY
  • Clay, NY
  • Cortland, NY 
  • Sullivan, NY
  • Rome, GA
  • Columbus, GA
  • Armuchee, GA
  • Cave Springs, GA
  • Cedartown, GA
  • Rockmart, GA

New LTE markets for AT&T

  • Wichita, Kan.
  • Gainesville, Fla.
  • Greensboro, N.C.
  • Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Burlington, N.C.
  • Buffalo, N.Y.

New LTE markets for Rogers (by 2013)

  • Abbotsford
  • Ajax
  • Barrie
  • Burlington
  • Cambridge
  • Edmonton
  • Guelph
  • Hamilton
  • Kelowna
  • Kingston
  • Kitchener
  • London
  • Moncton
  • Niagara
  • Oakville
  • Oshawa
  • Pickering
  • Regina
  • Saskatoon
  • Sherbrooke
  • St. Catherines
  • Sudbury
  • Waterloo
  • Windsor
  • Winnipeg
  • Trois-Rivières
  • Quebec City
  • Victoria

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LTE rollouts continue throughout the U.S. and Canada for Verizon, AT&T, and Rogers iPads


Verizon is on a tear with LTE! Their LTE rollout is insanely fast...Or maybe I'm just used to AT&T. We just received 3G 11 months ago in my area.

On a side note, does anyone have a link or know what exactly is involved in upgrading a tower from edge to 3G, or 3G/HSPA+ to LTE? I can't find anything on the net about this. How much does it cost per tower? How long does it take to install the new equipment on each tower? Why does it take so long to upgrade, etc.? Do carriers have trouble with supply and demand of new equipment from their suppliers? I waited for 4 years to get 3G on my iPhone. It was extremely frustrating. My area is the 5th or 6th largest market in my state. So, I dont necessarily live in bum f**k Egypt, so to speak.

What is involved. Well, first you get to get the proper licensing through the FCC to broadcast and receive a signal on a given frequency. Licensing can be expensive. Next is increasing the back haul support for the tower. This is basically the physical "pipe" for transmitting data to and from the tower via the ground network. Sometimes existing infrastructure can be used, like fibre-optic wires or copper cables, but sometimes additional cables need to be run in order to support the huge amounts of data handled by LTE services. There can be the expenses for physical cable, as well as permits for hanging cable from telephone lines, or for trenching cable into the ground. Finally you have probably the least expensive component, which is the hardware to transmit and receive LTE. Depending on what's installed, it could be anywhere from a few hundred thousand dollars to a few million dollars per tower.

For the most part, it isn't so much that AT&T and others don't have the money to roll them out faster. It's more the beaurocracy of getting the proper licenses and permits to roll out their networks (and in some cases spectrum). Then once permits are received, then comes installing all the back haul and management services, and then finally flipping the ON switch. It's not like running out to Best Buy and buying a NetGear router for wi-fi at home. A LOT more goes into a cell network.

With enough research, I'm sure you can get all the prices you're looking for, but it just varies from tower to tower. But I'd say that the range would start probably around $250K USD for something lower capacity in a rural area, and would go up from there to several million, or even tens of millions for a dense, city area.

Hope that answers your question, or at least provides some insight.

BradM73 has a lot of great points. My company works mainly on building out the fiber to cell towers to increase the backhaul capacity/bandwidth for the tower. On the jobs we're involved in it's much of what Brad said... lots of permitting, getting rights of way, lots of trenching and directional boring. If you ever see one of these on the side of the road you know they're boring to put in conduit/cable/fiber... . It takes so damn much longer than you'd think it should and I wish it didn't. Oh well... keeps me in a job :-D

No Syracuse AT&T??? Come on already! We are situated between two major interstate highways!! Verizon is showing us the love, what about you?

Verizon is way ahead of ATT in terms of LTE, not only it has more markets, it has a more mature network. I have and iPad 3 LTE with Verizon and I have travel to direrrent Airport (ATL, JFK, MIA) and I love the fact that I can count on LTE when I land in pretty much any city that I go to... Going to FLL on Friday, can't wait to try LTE down there!