In the annual rankings of major U.S. cellphone carriers, Verizon Wireless retained the top spot while AT&T once again brought up the rear. But AT&T can at least note that its 4G LTE network was the top-ranked among carriers.
AT&T said it is ahead of schedule for 4G LTE network deployments and has now reached 103 cities in the U.S.
Sprint Nextel's deployment of its ambitious Network Vision infrastructure, which includes the gradual rollout of 4G LTE technology, is about three months behind schedule due to several factors, the company said during its financial results call on Thursday.
European customers pay less for LTE data than their U.S. counterparts, Wireless Intelligence reports.
According to ABI Research, the world's cheapest 4G data plan is currently on offer by CSL Hong Kong.
Verizon Wireless said it will launch faster LTE wireless service in 21 cities on Oct. 18, reaching a total of 410 markets two months ahead of schedule.
A Sprint spokeswoman called the results "surprising" and defended the carrier's initial LTE launches in a handful of cities over the summer.
The spectrum-sharing plan would allow LightSquared to launch a high-speed LTE network sooner than any other new competitor in the U.S., according to the company.