AT&T started rolling out LTE in California’s San Francisco market earlier this month, and now the company is moving south to Los Angeles. The Samsung Skyrocket with LTE capabilities that I am testing (great phone, by the way) started detecting LTE connection around the Los Angeles Airport (LAX) area. The speeds in this instance are not as fast as they are (yet) in other markets, but they are in line with the LTE speeds seen in San Francisco last week. In addition, they certainly beat HSPA+.
The speeds I am seeing in L.A. are around what is shown in the image above: 18mb/s up, 5mb/s down.
An AT&T spokesperson told 9to5Mac:
We’re continuing to expand our 4G LTE coverage nationwide. As part of our rollout, we’re regularly testing and turning up parts of our network, including in additional markets, so some customers with LTE devices may already see faster speeds.
Therefore, LTE in L.A. has not officially been announced, but now we know it is definitely in testing around the areas of L.A. This testing likely means an official rollout soon. As testing progresses, we should see LTE in more areas of L.A.
Let us know if you spot any LTE connection in unannounced regions.
Update: CNET also has reported seeing LTE in LA
- AT&T’s 4G LTE spotted in Los Angeles (cnet.com)