Today in a press release, AT&T announced that it will be purchasing equipment from telecom manufacturers Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson to build out its 4G LTE network. AT&T has field trials of LTE planned for later this year, with commercial deployment sometime in 2011. If everything goes according to plan, the carrier lovingly nicknamed the Death Star will start rolling out 2,000 new 3G cell sites in 2010. Terms of the agreement between the three companies ensure that any new 3G equipment that is deployed will have the capability to be easily converted to LTE for the 2011 roll out, so don’t let that scare you off. Also of note: Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson currently supply AT&T with their 3G networking equipment.