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Network will now be more mobile broadband ready

AT&T, now the nation's second largest cellular network after Verizon, today announced plans to upgrade its 3G networks nationwide.  The company provides service to over 78.2 million customers in the U.S.

Most of the company's network is currently based on the High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) technology, built upon a 3G UMTS network.  Currently, AT&T uses HSPA speeds of 1.8 or 3.6 Mbit/s (downlink and uplink), but with the upgrade it will be capable of 7.2 Mbit/s (uplink and downlink).

Starting in 2010, the company also plans on rolling out 4G LTE trial deployments.  By 2011 to 2012, it expects this technology to be standard.  In the meantime, AT&T plans to provide a boost to its mobile broadband offerings by doubling the wireless spectrum it dedicates to 3G in most metropolitan areas.  It also plans on adding thousands of new cell site backhaul connections to help support the broadband network.

The investments will come as part of the $17B to $18B USD that the company plans on spending on new capital development in 2009.

AT&T has seen its subscriber numbers soar with the addition of the chic Apple iPhone to its fold.  However, it has also suffered from service problems, due to, among other factors, the increased use of mobile video from smartphones, chiefly the iPhone.  With a new iPhone reportedly set to launch this summer, it’s hoping to have its network rise to the occasion and be able to provide enough bandwidth to adequately support new subscribers.

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When will they announce....
By Cr0nJ0b on 5/27/2009 6:35:20 PM , Rating: 2
I keep hearing about upgrades to 3G or whatever...What I'd really like to hear is this...

"AT&T announced that it will upgrade it's current cellular network to clean up all of the dead spots and poor signal quality across the country. As the country's number 2 carrier, AT&T has suffered severe network issues in many of it's key service areas, especially in southern california. With this announcement, AT&T is throwing down the gauntlet to Verizon. AT&T's CTO and VP of networks said 'we will be the most reliable service in country when these upgrades are completed or I will quit my job and join the peace corp!'. Verizon was asked for comment, but the representative would only offer a smug look and quiet smile"

I can live with my download speeds, but I can't live with this crappy service and dropped calls down every F%$*ing freeway in LA.

RE: When will they announce....
By teldar on 5/27/2009 10:03:16 PM , Rating: 2
I've not had ATT but my brother and cousin both have had them. They have both left ATT for the terrible terrible reception everywhere. My cousin only lives in a 1.5M person city and always complained about the coverage. The irony? It's columbus, oh which is supposed to be one of the roll out areas for ATT 4G.

RE: When will they announce....
By Aquila76 on 5/27/2009 10:22:39 PM , Rating: 2
Happened to me wit AT&T in MA, also. How can a carrier have no signal on parts of 128? Verizon for me, just wish they didn't cripple most of their phones.

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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