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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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RE: nothing but marketing hype
By Oregonian2 on 5/27/2009 11:11:12 PM , Rating: 2
But some folk live in those two places (as it happens I live in one). Our area is one that is known for going for the bleeding edge of technology up front -- lots of high tech folk, including Intel's largest center in terms of employee count (Metro Portland). Although... Verizon has declared us too rural and is abandoning all of Oregon and Washington state (and other areas) for TV, FiOS, etc sorts of services that they are now providing (selling us to Frontier) -- so although Verizon wireless will "stay" here, many of us aren't going to be terribly happy with the Verizon name due to their abandonment of us.

Clear.com is "supposed" to be wildly supporting other areas "soon", but the state of the financing banks, etc, I think has slowed things down a "little".


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