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AT&T to use HSPA+ in some areas soon

updated 12:00 am EST, Sat March 13, 2010

ATT's De la Vega still expects 21Mbps 3G

AT&T will still implement 21Mbps 3G on its network on its way to 4G, the company's Mobility chief Ralph de la Vega said in an interview late Thursday. The provider had late last year said it would skip HSPA+ to make a more direct leap, but de la Vega now sees the advanced 3G reaching "certain locations" before 4G becomes widespread. He didn't yet have information for FierceWireless as to which areas would get the faster treatment.

The technology is a possibly vital stopgap for AT&T as it would help minimize any perceived gap between itself and Verizon when the latter's LTE-based 4G network goes live later this year. As we tested last year, HSPA+ can realistically provide at least 6.8Mbps downstream and 2.5Mbps upstream, or enough to sit roughly in the middle of Verizon's early 4G estimates.

Using HSPA+ would also give AT&T a way of getting phones with very fast cellular connections sooner than it would otherwise. Where the first 4G phones won't be ready in earnest until 2011, companies like Infineon and Qualcomm should have HSPA+ chips ready for smartphones this year.

By Electronista Staff


  1. AuDioFreaK39

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 2005


    "Competitive Advantage"

    So basically, those HSPA+ 3G network speeds we were promised with the launch of the iPhone 3GS back in June 2009 are finally going to show themselves later this select regions of the country.

  1. MikeD

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Oct 1999


    Wow... Where are my 3GS speeds?

    In the suburbs of Chicago, I still am not seeing this up to 7MBPS service that the 3GS is even supposed to take advantage of... Anyone else? I think this is all just talk to make it look like they're competing with WiMax and Verizons LTE. Sigh... what will WE see? probably 2MBPS...

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