AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson told an audience at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Communications Conference that AT&T will double LTE speeds for its customers in 500 markets this year.
"As we exit this year, we will have 500 markets with that full capability in place, where the LTE speeds will double," he said. "Now take that across the entire footprint. Before you've even gotten to 5G, you have now doubled your LTE performance."
Stephenson said the work AT&T is doing to build out the FirstNet public safety network will deliver the faster LTE speeds. He said the FirstNet deployment is now underway.
"We have to climb every cell site to deploy the FirstNet architecture," he said.