John Stephens, the CFO of US-based mobile phone carrier, AT&T Mobility, has confirmed that it will launch its LTE service in North America on the 18th of September with an initial roll out in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio and 10 other markets on plan before the end of the year.
By the end of the year, an estimated 70 million Point-Of-Presences will be able to access the LTE network; the company is nearing the 100 million subscribers mark , even without taking into consideration the 34 million or so customers it might bring onboard if the T-Mobile acquisition goes forward.
AT&T has three 4G devices already on the market but there are rumours that the iPhone 5 may turn out to be one of them in a near future. Interestingly enough, AT&T has yet to reveal the price of its LTE smartphone data pricing.
In addition, Phil Goldstein from FierceWireless, reports that AT&T's smartphone user base - which currently stands at 15 million - tends to prefer the more expensive 2GB for $25 plan.
No news however as to how AT&T plans to deal with the predicted search in traffic following Apple's introduction of iCloud and if whether it plans to introduce a higher value data contract ahead of the launch of the iPhone 5.
Rumour has it that the next iPhone 5 may come with an LTE-compatible chipset which would allow it to compete with the likes of the HTC Evo 4G and the slew of 4G compatible handsets likely to be launched by the end of the year.