ATT to start LTE roll out by mid-year, and finish by end of 2013

AT&T president also joins Motorola execs to introduce new Atrix dual processor phone

LAS VEGAS -- AT&T will launch LTE smartphones, networks and other devices in mid-2011, and expects to complete a nationwide LTE deployment by the end of 2013, AT&T Mobility President Ralph de la Vega announced Wednesday at the AT&T Developer Summit here.

AT&T expects to introduce 20 different 4G devices by the end of 2011, including LTE and HSPA+ phones, tablets, modems and mobile hotspots, de la Vega said, adding that HSPA+ speeds will be 6 Mbit/sec and the LTE technology will be "even faster," he said.

In addition, AT&T joined Motorola to announce the Motorola Atrix 4g, a dual core smartphone that offers 2GHz processing speeds and docks with an 11.6 inch laptop to offer laptop-quality browsing capability. Several of the fastest phones on the market today only offer 1Ghz processor speeds.

Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha, who joined de la Vega in making the Atrix announcement, noted that the device can also be docked to a larger device like a TV or a full-sized keyboard.

"This truly extends the value of smartphones for most consumers and enterprise users," Jha said in brief remarks. He promised to reveal more details about the phone at a news conference later today at the Consumer Electronics Show, also being held here.

De la Vega said that customers of early previews of the new device "love the Atrix concept," a longtime joint AT&T-Motorola project.

De la Vega also said that AT&T going forward with plans to support smartphones running on operating systems from Apple, RIM BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7, along with HTML 5 support.

He didn't elaborate, however, on specific devices from each OS.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags MotorolaIT industryMobile and WirelesstelecommunicationNetworkingat&twirelessmobilewireless networking

Struggling for Christmas presents this year? Check out our Christmas Gift Guide for some top tech suggestions and more.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Matt Hamblen

Computerworld (US)

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?