AT&T is expanding their 4G network into 9 additional markets in the U.S., with 40 more locations going online before the end of the year. The announcement from the nation’s second largest carrier comes just days before Apple is expected to announce their first 4G/LTE capable iPhone. This news was first published by AppleInsider.

According to AT&T, 4G is now available to customers in:

  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • Bakersfield, Calif.
  • Bridgeport, Conn.
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Modesto, Calif.
  • North Montgomery County, Md.
  • Northern New Jersey
  • Omaha, Neb.
  • Syracuse, N.Y.

By the end of 2012, AT&T promises 4G in:

  • Albany, N.Y.
  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Allentown, Pa.
  • Charleston, S.C.
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Columbia, S.C.
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Detroit, Mich.
  • El Paso, Tex.
  • Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Ft. Myers, Fla.
  • Gary, Ind.
  • Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Green Bay, Wis.
  • Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Hartford, Conn.
  • Hawaii
  • Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Lancaster, Pa.
  • Little Rock, Ark.
  • Louisville, Ken.
  • Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Nashua, N.H.
  • New Haven, Conn.
  • Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Providence, R.I
  • Reading, Pa.
  • Rochester, N.Y.
  • Sacramento, Calif.
  • Salinas-Seaside-Monterey, Calif.
  • Seattle, Wash.
  • Springfield, Mass.
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Tucson, Ariz.
  • Tulsa, Okla.
  • Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
  • Wilmington, Del.

The only Apple iOS device that currently runs on AT&T’s faster network is the new iPad. However, you might not know that by looking at your iPhone 4S. AT&T customers using Apple’s current handset see a “4G” at the top left of the screen. However, this actually denotes connection to the company’s HSDPA network, and not their newer and faster 4G LTE network.

“Real” 4G-connected iOS devices like the new iPad see an “LTE” indicator on their device, as will customers owning a new iPhone in the available areas.

AT&T says that their 4G LTE network is capable of delivering mobile Internet speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. In the last five years, they have invested $115 billion into operations and in acquiring spectrum and other assets to improve their wireless and wired networks.

Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone will be unveiled at a press event on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Source: AppleInsider