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AT&T adds 6 LTE markets, now reaches 150M people

Three of the new additions are in the U.S., while three other markets are in Puerto Rico.

AT&T has expanded its LTE network to six more markets.

The company announced today that three U.S. markets -- Albuquerque, N.M., Reading, Penn., and Salt Lake City -- are now able to access its LTE network. Three markets in Puerto Rico -- Guayama, San German-Cabo Rojo, and Yauco -- also now have AT&T's LTE network.

With the new addition, AT&T's network now spans 109 markets and reaches more than 150 million people, the company told CNET in an e-mailed statement.

AT&T has been rapidly rolling out its LTE network across the U.S., adding new markets each month. However, the company is still far behind Verizon. Verizon announced last month that it had reached its goal of hitting 400 LTE markets by year's end, two months ahead of schedule. By October 18, Verizon had 417 LTE markets in the U.S., covering 250 million people.

As of this writing, Verizon claims to have 441 markets in the U.S.

Last week, AT&T's LTE network received high praise from Consumer Reports, which said that the carrier's network was better than those from competitors. But that was about the only good news AT&T received from Consumer Reports: The carrier was ranked dead last in a rating of top carriers by value, voice, data, and other factors.