AT&T increasing bandwidth and upgrading 3G network
With the competitive landscape of data services always increasing, AT&T announced that it will be doing an overhaul of their 3G network. Specifically, they will commence upgrading their current 3.6Mbps 3G network to 7.2Mbps HSPA. They are hopeful of getting it all complete by 2011 while doubling their 850MHz spectrum to “most metropolitan areas.” So now there won't be a reason to not have coverage in a particular major city. The reason behind it is the increase in deployment of over 2,100 cell sites with microcells and femtocells across the country. Currently, AT&T has various partnerships that allow qualifying customers who have a smart phone or 3G LaptopConnect plan to access over 20,000 Wi-Fi hot spots. With such a massive task at hand, AT&T stated that it is hopeful to have LTE deployed by 2011.