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Make that: "4G*" coverage maps

AT&T has begun posting maps of its "4G" HSPA+ nationwide coverage on its website

According to iClarified, the list of cities is currently limited to those that have undergone the full backhaul upgrade. HSPA+ has been deployed to AT&T's entire network, but the higher speeds can only be taken advantage of near sites where the "enhanced backhaul" upgrade has been completed.

On AT&T's website, if you hit "Coverage" and then hover over the cities where HSPA+ is fully functional, it allows you to click for more detailed local 4G coverage. The areas include Bay Area, Calif.; Los Angeles; NorCal, Calif.; Houston; Dallas; Chicago; Baltimore; Buffalo; Boston; Providence, R.I.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Puerto Rico.

The only problem with the new coverage maps is that AT&T's claims to "4G", like T-Mobile's (which has also deployed HSPA+), deserve quotations or, at the very least, an asterisk. For much of the past year, AT&T repudiated T-Mobile's labeling of HSPA+ as "4G", with an AT&T rep stating, "I think that companies need to be careful that they're not misleading customers by labeling HSPA+ as a 4G technology. We aren't labeling those technologies as 4G."

Then, earlier this year, AT&T changed course -- likely realizing that Verizon's burgeoning LTE network could spell bad news for a company that was still advertising 3G -- and branded its HSPA+ network as "4G".

Turns out, none of the wireless carriers can truly brag about 4G, despite the boldest claims of their marketers.



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RE: Great going, guys...
By mcnabney on 2/21/2011 5:14:55 PM , Rating: 2
HSPA+ is NOT 4G.

T-Mobile started the lie because they were almost a generation behind and AT&T continued it since their LTE deployment has fallen so far behind Verizon.

Theoretical speeds:

LTE 100Mbs down / 50Mbs up
Wimax 128Mbs down / 56Mbs up
HSPA+ 56Mbs down / 22Mbs up

That is why HSPA+ has been called 3.5G since it doesn't measure up to the other two. HSPA+ has crappy latency too, which is something else LTE really improves on.


RE: Great going, guys...
By heffeque on 2/21/2011 6:56:28 PM , Rating: 2
Well... LTE actually downloads at half it's theoretical speed. Wimax is far behind from that, that's for sure. Actually Wimax is more or less the same speed as HSPA+ and Wimax is considered as 4G. The thing is that, personally, I don't know why Wimax is even considered as 4G when its speed is actually not on par with LTE.


RE: Great going, guys...
By mcnabney on 2/21/2011 7:34:09 PM , Rating: 2
Wimax could go a lot faster if Sprint didn't criple it. You can't get decent speeds when Sprint is only paying for a couple T1s to the tower. You HAVE to get fiber, which Sprint is too cheap to install.

And all the lies about HSPA+ being 4G just slow down the REAL jump to 4G.


RE: Great going, guys...
By sprockkets on 2/21/2011 10:43:02 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
HSPA+ is NOT 4G.


Yeah, it isn't. But who gives a sh it? It's just happens to be 382 times faster than what "3G" started out at. What's your point? NONE.

Stop thinking Gs = speed! Nobody cared about 1x and EVDO (both misleading names) both being 3G yet one happened to be around 8x faster.


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