AT&T to Deploy 4G LTE Network in 2011

LTE is exciting stuff (if you don't know what the heck LTE is, we have an explanation here). AT&T has just inked deals with Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson, who supply AT&T's 3G equipment, solidifying 2011 as the year of 4G.

AT&T's "field trials" of LTE are promised for later this year—a soft launch that will most likely resemble AT&T's rollout of 7.2Mbps technology—with commercial deployment slated for 2011.

Promising transfer rates of 140-300Mbps, LTE can't come soon enough. Of course, a skeptic might temper their expectations for any grand future of AT&T when the present ain't so hot to begin with. Was that a downer? I'm sorry. That was a downer. [AT&T]