The Boy Genius Report managed to catch a sneak peak of AT&T’s forthcoming long-term evolution (LTE) service in Chicago. One of BGR’s sources tested a new LTE-optimized Elevate hotspot over the Windy City’s network to find the LTE network active and clocking download speeds in excess of 13 Mb/s.
AT&T has promised to launch LTE in five markets, including Chicago, this summer (though AT&T takes a rather long view of summer), so it makes sense that the network would be on either intermittently for testing or even fully live.
AT&T last week started selling its first two LTE device, a UBS card and the Elevate, both manufactured by Sierra Wireless. Both use the high-speed packet access plus (HSPA+) network as a fallback, which allowed AT&T to seed the market before the official launch.
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