AT&T Plans Major Announcement for July 16; VoLTE or Advanced LTE Possible
July 10, 2013 1:11 PM
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AT&T may not be the biggest LTE network, but it is determined to be the fastest
When it comes to
AT&T, Inc. (
) has been a bit behind its archrival Verizon Wireless (co-owned by Verizon Communications, Inc. (
) and Vodafone Group Plc (
)), which happens to be the nation's largest network. AT&T has about 300 cities covered; Verizon Wireless has 500 cities covered.
But AT&T is
the fastest LTE network
. In recent testing by
AT&T averaged 13.2/6.5 Mbps versus 9.6/5.5 Mbps for Verizon Wireless. And it's
to try to surge ahead of Verizon in coverage while maintaining its speed lead.
this week that it will make a major announcement on Tuesday, July 16.
One possibility is that AT&T will announce voice-over-LTE. Current voice communications on all the major American carriers are ferried over older HSPA networks. Pushing those signals to LTE will allow for less compression and/or more noise reduction, improving call quality.
A second possibility -- seemingly even more likely -- is that AT&T will announce concrete plans for its Advanced LTE rollout. Advanced LTE promises speeds of up to 1.5 Gbps (in theory), greatly speeding up downloads and data traffic (helping you to
hit your cap
that much sooner!).
Since 2011 AT&T has promised
to unleash advanced LTE (also known as second generation LTE or LTE-advanced) on the market by the end of 2013, with a broader rollout in 2014.
AT&T has promised to roll out advanced LTE for some time. [Image Source: Wind River Blog]
Hardware support for advanced LTE will hit the market in the next couple months courtesy of Qualcomm, Inc. (
has an on-die LTE-advanced modem.
Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
) has already released
a variant of the Galaxy S IV
that's rolling out in South Korea that has a Snapdragon 800 on board. Samsung's domestic arch-rival LG Electronics Inc. (
) -- currently the
second largest Android phonemaker
after Samsung -- is also preparing to release a Snapdragon 800 handset, the Optimus G2 (which may be
rebranded as the Optimus G Pro
in the U.S.). That phone is expected to air at an August 7 launch event in New York City -- which may hint at when AT&T is planning to flip the switch on its second generation LTE network.
The Optimus G will soon received a Snapdragon 800 upgrade.
Last, but not least, Sony Corp. (TYO:6758) has announced that its
Xperia Z Ultra
-- also Snapdragon 800 equipped -- will launch in Q3 2013.
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7/10/2013 2:45:26 PM
Do those test take into account T-Mobile? I thought they were getting better speeds, where there is coverage =P.
7/10/2013 3:22:28 PM
I have poor signal in my office and I'm currently getting 26 down and 9 up. I've been on the road between SA and Austin while someone else was driving and hit 30/14 on my hotspot using my tablet. That's all on Verizon. ATT is about the same but that's because SA is one of ATT's strongest cities. We were one of the first two with their LTE.
7/11/2013 4:19:15 PM
Here in Santa Barbara, CA. We got LTE a couple of months ago on At&t. Verizon has been here for about a year longer with LTE . When it first came out my coworkers were getting about 7Mbps/2Mbps on Verizon. Now they barely get 3.5Mbps/1Mbps. While At&t just rolled out LTE and probably has less LTE phones in the area. I get about 20Mbps/7Mbps on average the best speed test I got 32Mbps/12Mbps.
At&t is faster in areas where they have coverage they didn't expand that coverage like Verizon has. If you go on a trip up the 101 Verizon will have LTE most of the way it seems while At&t will have HSPA+ in some areas and HSPA in others and there is even a stretch that roams onto someone else's network so no data at all but calls won't drop. In other areas they only have Edge still. So if you were to go on a road trip and need good internet Verizon is the way to go but if you're mostly in town At&t has the better service.
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