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AT&T explains how it is improving its network besides paying Luke Wilson

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AT&T explains how it is improving its network besides paying Luke Wilson
Despite talk that AT&T has been neglecting its network while still raking in the cash thanks to the iPhone, the nation's second largest cell carrier said that in 2009, it expects to have spent $17 billion to $19 billion to upgrade its wireline and wireless networks with billions spent on the latter. AT&T says it is doubling the wireless spectrum serving 3G customers in the U.S. in hundreds of markets, using the high quality 850MHz spectrum. In 2009, 2,000 new cell sites will have been added, bringing service to new cities and improving the quality and breadth of service in others. To improve the capacity between cell sites and the global IP backbone network, 100,000 backhaul connections are being added. The AT&T Wi-Fi network-the largest in the U.S.-is being opened up for customers to take advantage of the more than 20,000 hotspots in 50 states. The faster HSPA 7.2 technology will offer faster 3G service to select handsets as it is getting rolled out for service. Next year, AT&T will begin field trials of the LTE network with deployment beginning in 2011 when 4G devices are expected to be available nationwide.

If AT&T is speaking the truth, and there is no indication that they are not, the wireless operator has a plan and it is simply a matter of following the plan regardless of what the naysayers are, uh...saying. Being the exclusive U.S. carrier of the iPhone shines a lot of light on AT&T. The exponential growth of iPhone sales has really caught AT&T flatfooted and behind the curve. But the company does know there is a problem and they have resolved to fix it. Luckily for AT&T, it does have the deep pockets necessary to throw money at the problem.

source: TheiPhoneBlog

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44

1. tekkie79 (Posts: 11; Member since: 21 Dec 2009)


I'll believe it when I see err.. hear it.

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 00:17

2. deschats (Posts: 193; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


isnt verizon launching their 4g lte network next year?

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 00:23

3. hmcougar09 (Posts: 137; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Yes, we are.

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 00:27

4. clevername (Posts: 1431; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Just like AT&T, verizon is launching they're tester LTE network in 2010. However the testing and official launch are ahead of at&ts's schedule. I believe vzw said it will be launched next year but they can't launch without testing which means it may not be launched till 2011 like AT&T.

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 02:09

5. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Verizon has already complete numerous test in Seattle and Boston LTE, they were successful and everything seem green for LTE next year for VZW... I bet by the time that AT&T doubles their 1/5 size network to 2/5 that VZW will have LTE to match AT&T's 1/5 now.. watch it happen and forever remember this post because I will find it and post it when LTE is launched by VZW next year. And if it doesn't happen you can make me eat my words. But I put my money on VZW... they aren't the market first for new devices most the time, but VZW is a "network first" devices second company. I get pissed at the lack of devices I would personally like to use more, but I can't argue with network reliability.

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 08:13

7. theGodpapa (Posts: 181; Member since: 15 Dec 2009)


AT&T did NOT launch or even begin to launch anything remotely related to LTE and it is not even on the course of action plan for 2010 as they are working HSPDA network speeds and improving the 3g coverage areas by 2012. 2012 is the estimated time, according to AT&T will begin launching LTE testing sites. Stop and research before you post such rubbish. AT&T is not even close to hanging with VZW in the LTE game.

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 09:13

9. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


I concur with Godpapa...AT&T is working on the HSPDA upgrading from 3.6 to 7.2 this is a preliminary step to begin the transition to LTE. T-Mobile currently has 7.2 HSPDA and I believe they are about to double that speed. It will be interesting to see how the race to LTE affects the market. I believe the latest clash between AT&T and VZW is only the beginning. Hold on to your butts, it's about to get ugly.

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 10:06

10. Chromemember (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Dec 2009)


I didn't realize you work for the higher levels of AT&T's executive teams that decide when they are going to test LTE and then finally roll it out.

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 10:43

11. majicc07 (Posts: 28; Member since: 07 May 2009)


Thats all great that VZ will have Test markets and maybe even a few markets even up with 4G in 2010 but being there are no signs of 4G phones untill 2011 whats all the excitment about? Sprint has 4G now and no phone. Sure they will have air cards possibly but im sure everyone will bitch because they are not going to want to pay the monthly fee like they do now. Even if att only come out with 7.2 this year and next they will be ahead of the game with phones that are now able to use and handle those speeds. Look I am not saying att hasnt dropped the ball with the network and not being ahead of the curve with the iphone. I totally believe that if they would have handled the iphone explosition better Apple would have never ended their deal with att. Now would any of the other networks have gotten flooded as well, its easy for them to say no now, but when one company (att) has double the amount of customers using data devices vs (VZ) and still adding more customers and also losing less of them you got to question that. Now will their churn be through the roof when all these contracts come up? It will be interesting to see because even if VZ gets a share of the iphone its not like att will lose the iphone all together. As hard as it is to believe there are happy iphone customers out there. I think if att can learn from its mistakes and really do well with 4G maybe just maybe they will earn some forgiveness and even some respect.

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 13:45

16. attanonymous (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Ok you may be correct. VZW can label their network whatever they want. BUT what differentiates the 3G network from EDGE? Two things: speed AND THE ABILITY TO SIMULTANEOUSLY USE DATA AND VOICE. VZW Can call their network 3G all they want, and while AT THE MOMENT it may be more reliable due to poor planning and an unexpeected amount of usage, It is still not equivalent to the network that ATT has...

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 13:49

17. Iphoneisthesuck (Posts: 59; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


HA HA...VERIZON JUST GOT PWNT

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 14:08

18. Illyich (Posts: 167; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Because Verizon doesn't have the iPhone, the greatest phone in the history of mankind, as prophecied by all great scholars of the past.

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 14:45

22. cansler (Posts: 136; Member since: 07 Oct 2009)


Take it from somebody who actually works in the field. We (At&t) ARE beefing up the network. This is why we didn't originally offer the iToy on 3G. We knew it would gobble up all the wireless bandwidth. But users kept clamoring for more so we gave it to them and cut off our faces to spite our noses. We have been pushing all new equipment to our cell sites all year and within the last quarter a lot of the fiber optic backbone has been laid. We were doing so much and spending so much on this that we had to "mine" the copper in all of our old abandoned trunks between offices and sell it to China for cash. But don't believe all the news and reports about what we are (or are not) doing now. We are busy trying to make things right. I just hope we follow a solid plan of action. A lot of time we start out hot then just let things go. Like before the big Uverse push, we were pushing hot and heavy with DSL. Even hiring dedicated crews to advance the network. Then we just killed the whole project right in the middle. laying off a lot of those workers. Only to pick things up a year and a half later with almost the same project hiring crews to advance the network. If it ain't broke, fix it till it is...

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 22:12

23. rjt185 (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)


...wow...lame dude.

posted on 23 Dec 2009, 12:14

25. whocares (Posts: 235; Member since: 19 Dec 2009)


uh wrong there are plans for 2010 testing

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 08:01

6. WnnaFghtAboutIt (Posts: 149; Member since: 31 Aug 2009)


LTE will be launched by vzw in 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2010....at&t 3rd or 4th quarter of 2011

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 09:06

8. remixfa (Posts: 14080; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


they are going to spend 15billion total... lol VZW averages 5 billion a year in upgrades and makes more money to boot.. lol. ATT originally said 2013 for LTE plans.. i highly doubt they are comming by 2011. Then again, maybe they have been stockpiling cash just for the heck of it. Or it could be that they know they are losing the iphone to VZW, and it should be LTE compatible on VZW and that will crush them.

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 11:26

12. jrcrow79 (Posts: 477; Member since: 02 May 2008)


VZW..lol.."can you hear me..yea...did you get my email?..dunno..no way to check"...rofl!

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 12:02

13. cooter1979 (Posts: 34; Member since: 28 Apr 2009)


Oh no!!.....I cant look up a number or whatever on the internet while I'm tying to have a conversation on my phone. Find something a little better to make fun of Vzw about. Best part about that whole situation is that if I'm trying to watch a video off of youtube or listen to a song off of pandora, the app or video will pause while I'm answering the phone.

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 12:22

14. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


jcrow79 have u done ur research? i have and LTE when verizon launches it could handle voice and data at the same time . i wonder what at&t is gunna say when that happens .. i done some research and apparently LTE could handle things video calling so which means it could use voice and data at the same times just like at&t.. but LTE will be better and much faster

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 14:10

20. Illyich (Posts: 167; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Yes, but right now...

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 13:04

15. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


I think that was misleading, I bet most of the investment was in ATT Uverse.

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 14:09

19. Illyich (Posts: 167; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Nah, it's on the mobility side.

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 14:42

21. cansler (Posts: 136; Member since: 07 Oct 2009)


Much of the technology used to push U-Verse can be used to upgrade the wireless backbone. You fanboys crack me up with the bashing with no facts. Take it from somebody who actually works in the field. We (At&t) ARE beefing up the network. This is why we didn't originally offer the iToy on 3G. We knew it would gobble up all the wireless bandwidth. But users kept clamoring for more so we gave it to them and cut off our faces to spite our noses. We have been pushing all new equipment to our cell sites all year and within the last quarter a lot of the fiber optic backbone has been laid. We were doing so much and spending so much on this that we had to "mine" the copper in all of our old abandoned trunks between offices and sell it to China for cash. I do agree that At&t does many things half-hearted. i.e: Uverse is only fiber to the node (except in Texas and a few select markets like Ann Arbor) whereas FIOS is fiber to the home. Everyone in the industry knows that the last mile is where most of the copper trouble is. And the whole iToy / network debacle... need I say more? I used to think our motto was "if it ain't broke, fix it till it is" But don't believe all the news and reports about what we are doing now. We are busy trying to make things right. I just hope we follow a solid plan of action. A lot of time we start out hot then just let things go. Like before the big Uverse push, we were pushing hot and heavy with DSL. Even hiring dedicated crews to advance the network. Then we just killed the whole project right in the middle. laying off a lot of those workers. Only to pick things up a year and a half later with almost the same project hiring crews to advance the network. See what I mean? If it ain't broke, fix it till it is...

posted on 22 Dec 2009, 22:15

24. rjt185 (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)


...the only worse thing than AT&T fanboys are uninformed AT&T iPhone users.

posted on 23 Dec 2009, 16:44

26. Mateo8326 (Posts: 472; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)


Who cares about 4g and it funny how verizon puts out those commerical about more 3g coverage then ATT that may be true b/c consumer need to do there research on the different between 3g and the actually service you'll be getting when talking on the phone. 3g only has to do with data not phone service

posted on 23 Dec 2009, 16:50

27. Mateo8326 (Posts: 472; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)


I telling you ATT will be on top in 2010 fools who rush in battle like Verizon tend to fall behind in the end. verizon has nothing to offer in 2010 they put all there marketing dollars on these commericals downing ATT who according to this article is the 2cd top provider, If i put all that marketing dollars on these commerical downing ATT they better be the last cell phone provider in the industry. So why waste all the money on these commerical where you guys are not even greatly on top off ATT in profit.

posted on 24 Dec 2009, 08:16

28. remixfa (Posts: 14080; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


mateo.. do u know what ur talking about? generally speaking noone beats VZW in profits.. and VZW is launching LTE in a couple of months and will have an LTE based iphone as well as a half dozen android phones. what exactly does ATT have to launch that? they cant even compete in the current 3g market, much less the soon to be active LTE market. The money VZW uses to have fun with ATT is play money to them..lol

posted on 24 Dec 2009, 15:14

29. Mateo8326 (Posts: 472; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)


So you VZW getting the iphone you sure . Ok so you got me with words on that one i'll give you props good jobs. It's a war between these two companys right now ATT surrender to VZW but they haven't been defeat which gives them time to recover. VZW got it for now. But everyone around the world nows how sneaky ATT is and like what people quoted that i have seen say "ATT is the devil". Nothing last forever as you can see with ATT i just hope VZW can keep it up

posted on 24 Dec 2009, 15:15

30. Mateo8326 (Posts: 472; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)


Remixfa...that's wasn't play money they used on ATT.In busniess people do not play with money or you get checkmated Remeber that were in a recession.

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