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AT&T to move most 3G sites to HSPA+, vows real 7Mbps speeds

updated 04:25 pm EDT, Thu September 16, 2010

ATT HSPA Plus to have real 7Mbps speeds, wide use

AT&T's planned HSPA+ 3G upgrade will hit more areas and deliver much faster real-world speeds than expected, the company's operations president John Stankey said in a presentation at a Bank of America/Merrill Lynch telecoms event today. Initially characterized as hitting only strategic locations, the faster service should now reach most areas and hit a practical 7Mbps speed when its network is unhindered. The benchmark is roughly in the middle of Verizon's estimated 4G speeds, although its LTE-based hardware will give lower latency and higher peak speeds of 12Mbps.

Stankey also reiterated AT&T's own LTE plans and said it should have commercial service live by mid-2011. Baltimore and Dallas are already in trial runs.

He added that the company is still working to improve the infrastructure supporting the existing 7.2Mbps HSPA service in the US, including moving to 1Gbps Ethernet to handle the wired component of the workload. The well-known trouble spot of San Francisco will have had 600 new carrier nodes by the start of October, he said. However, the company is still facing shortages in the equipment it's using to make upgrades and is waiting on $300 million in parts.

AT&T is facing dual pressures with its network upgrades. It both wants to mitigate the early advantage of Verizon's 4G service, which launches CDMA iPhone entices customers to Verizon. [via FierceWireless]



By Electronista Staff
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  1. SockRolid

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    Say what?

    "Verizon's 4G service, which launches CDMA iPhone entices customers to Verizon"

    What does that sentence mean? CDMA iPhone? 4G service? There is no CDMA iPhone and there is no real 4G service. Anywhere. So-called "4G" is really only LTE, or "3.9G."

    The actual 4G standard hasn't even been chosen yet. (But it looks like LTE Advanced will beat out 802.16m.) Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4g

  1. testudo

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    Re: Say what


    What does that sentence mean? CDMA iPhone? 4G service? There is no CDMA iPhone and there is no real 4G service. Anywhere. So-called "4G" is really only LTE, or "3.9G." The actual 4G standard hasn't even been chosen yet.


    Again. 4G stands for "fourth generation". There is no such thing as an 'official standard' since there's no such thing as a 4G working group. 4G is the next technoloigy used by a company after their 3G service, which came after their 2G service and off to the first version.

    Verizon is switching to LTE. This is incompatible with CDMA, thus making it a new generation. Since CDMA was their 3rd generation, LTE is their 4G.

    Over at Sprint, if they moved from WiMax to LTE, they could call it 5G, since WiMax is their 4G service.

    Trying to make anything more out of the term (which is all marketing, BTW) is like actually thinking that a MacBook with a Pro nomenclature is meant for professionals.

    But it's good to see you believe everything you read on Wikipedia.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    wow 7MBPS! Look at that! 1MB faster then Sprint's so called "4G" network. Plus, on a REAL technology (GSM)! Let's see what kind of lies Sprint manages to pop up now that a major carrier other then T-Mobile surpassed their so called 4G speed.

  1. Jittery Jimmy

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    7.2 Mbit in reality?

    With my iPhone 4, the fastest real-world 3G upload/download speed I've measured with Speedtest.net is 5 Mbit/1.8 Mbit (respectively). Verizon's 4G service should be able to trounce on this, but I'm afraid that it'll cost a lot more per month. Verizon has been talking about 4G a lot - but they haven't once mentioned the price tag.


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