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  (Source: AT&T)
20 percent faster than T-Mobile and 60 percent faster than Verizon

After investing almost $6 billion into wireless infrastructure upgrades and initiatives over the first three quarters of 2010, AT&T is now claiming the nation's fastest mobile broadband network as evidenced by a third-party national test. 

The "scientifically valid national drive testing", conducted by Global Wireless Solutions Inc. (GWS), compiles wireless performance across 950,000 road miles, covering 400 U.S. markets that represent 88 percent of the country's population. Across this standard, GWS found AT&T to be the fastest mobile broadband network, 20 percent faster than T-Mobile and 60 percent faster than Verizon.

On average, a 45-minute (40 MB) album finished downloading a minute faster on AT&T's network than T-Mobile's, the next-fastest competitor, and two-and-a-half minutes faster than on Verizon's network.
 
“We’re very pleased with the nationwide results of GWS drive testing, which demonstrate that we’re delivering a superior mobile broadband experience on a nationwide basis,” said AT&T CTO John Donovan. “Our top priority for the weeks and months to come is to continue our focus on network enhancements and improvements to ensure continued access to fast mobile broadband speeds and reliable voice service.”

This latest claim from AT&T comes on the heels of amped up marketing of high-speed networks from two competitors. Verizon began airing commercials promising 4G LTE by December 2010, while T-Mobile took a more direct route by specifically mocking AT&T in its ads that boast "America's largest 4G network." AT&T has a history of taking issue with such claims, particularly by T-Mobile. And it is no stranger to ad wars with Verizon. The latest developments by all three carriers are certainly just the tip of the iceberg in what is sure to be a knock-down, drag-out brawl.

The GWS test also found that 98.59 percent of voice calls on AT&T's network were completed without interruption, meaning the second-best dropped call average (behind Verizon by only one-tenth of a percentage point) in the nation.

AT&T plans to invest a total of $18 to $19 billion in its wireless network in 2010 (signifying a substantial investment in Q4) to enhance speed and coverage through additional cell sites and deployment of HSPA 7.2 and HSPA+ technology.


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Get over it
By earwig75 on 11/23/2010 9:19:49 AM , Rating: 2
I know everyone finds it fun to hate AT&T but the truth is the carrier's 3G network IS faster. It is a different technology than Verizon uses. 2 years ago I would agree with you about the bad coverage etc. but I live in a suburban town in NJ and travel often. I have to say, I rarely have a dropped call and I have 3G service everywhere I go, not EDGE. I think AT&T's older bad reputation is clouding your judgement and unless you have a phone on their network you really shouldn't even bother commenting. A 3rd party puts out these results and you say they are nonsense... how or why should anyone listen to you if you don't even have a phone on the network? Is it because you “heard” the network was crappy? AT&T has invested BILLIONS in the network over the last 2 years.




RE: Get over it
By ProviaFan on 11/23/2010 11:01:13 AM , Rating: 2
Nice try with the personal attacks there. In the midwest, things are not as you claim. I have an AT&T phone, and I see 3G maybe once a month or so for a few hours when I'm in a large city. The rest of the time, it's 56K dialup, uh, I mean, EDGE.


RE: Get over it
By earwig75 on 11/23/2010 11:58:07 AM , Rating: 2
I did not make any personal attacks... what are you talking about? I have no problems with AT&T or the service. MOST people here complaining say they have Verizon or some other carrier... so how could they give a proper review? That makes no sense. It is like me telling you I hate steak when I never ate it before. Also, I stream music every day and surf the web like crazy... I NEVER go over my alloted data amounts. I am thinking you are just a bunch of sheep :)


RE: Get over it
By ProviaFan on 11/23/2010 1:47:59 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
how or why should anyone listen to you if you don't even have a phone on the network? Is it because you “heard” the network was crappy?

quote:
I am thinking you are just a bunch of sheep

That is why I'd be likely to discount your opinion, even if I didn't have personal experience (and the experience of many people I know) on which to base my opinion. Try living outside of the [geographically] relatively small areas privileged to have AT&T 3G coverage for a while and then let me know how that music streaming and crazy web surfing is going for you...


RE: Get over it
By fmk2 on 12/22/2010 8:37:52 PM , Rating: 2
AT&T may currently have the fastest network from a standpoint of what it's capable of delivering, but here in Silicon Valley, the AT&T network is so over-subscribed that it can take forever to do downloads. Cram enough users onto the network, and it doesn't matter how big the network pipe is -- it still gets plugged.

I also don't understand why AT&T is spending billions on 3G upgrades when 3G is outdated technology. What happened to their plans for a 4G LTE network similar to what Verizon is advertising? That technology has the potential to be much faster than even the fastest home DSL or cable modem systems.


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