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AT&T Will Bring 4G LTE To 70 Million By End Of The Year

US wireless carrier AT&T plans to bring its next generation 4G LTE network to 70 million customers in 15 cities by the end of 2011.

In a blog post describing the company’s 4G ‘evolution’, John Donovan, AT&T’s chief technology officer, revealed that the company plans to roll out the long term evolution network in five US markets this summer: Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio, GigaOm reports.

AT&T also plans to roll out the service in 10 additional US markets during the course of the year to cater to 70 million customers by the end of this year.

The carrier also plans to add around 20 4G devices to its portfolio this year, with some of them being LTE capable.

Having already invested $75 billion in enhancing its network, the company plans to invest an additional $19 billion this year in its wireless and wireline networks and other projects.

“AT&T has delivered five mobile broadband speed upgrades in recent years, including our HSPA+ deployment last year. The investments we’ve made to evolve our mobile broadband network in recent years, plus what we have planned for the future, put our customers in position to benefit fully from a host of coming mobile broadband innovations,” Donovan said.