AT&T plans to "begin firing up" its LTE-Advanced networks in the latter half of next year, according to Technology Business Research, which says the carrier's efforts are designed to keep other telecoms from wooing its wireline customers. The new generation of Long-Term Evolution technology reached download speeds of 3 gigabits per second in the lab. AT&T also added six markets to its LTE network, the carrier said Monday, three in Puerto Rico as well as Albuquerque, N.M., Reading, Pa., and Salt Lake City. The new market additions bring AT&T's LTE total to 109, nine more than its originally stated goal for 2012.

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