AT&T CEO Stephenson says that its major network upgrade is almost finished

AT&T CEO Stephenson says that its major network upgrade is almost finished
On the day when the carrier is starting to take pre-orders for the new generation of Apple's iPhone, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says that mobile voice quality on his company's network is almost where it should be. Heavy use of the iPhone for browsing has had a negative effect on how the network has been operating in major cities like New York and San Francisco. The CEO said, "We've been going hard at the voice quality issue," and the game plan has been to end problems with the network by the end of this summer. Stephenson was interviewed this morning on CNBC and stated that data volume over mobile networks has risen 5000% in the last 3 years alone-a time period that coincides with the launch of the first iPhone in 2007. the carrier will throw more money at its network this year-$19 billion-than any other company in the industry. By 2015, the executive said that AT&T will be the number one firm in the mobile broadband business in the U.S. and possibly throughout the world. "We made a huge bet on mobile broadband, to create what we think is the best," Stephenson said.

source: CNBC

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12 Comments

1. WnnaFghtAboutIt

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

not when you have to spend 19 billion to get yourself to where you should have been 2 years ago

2. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

And commence hate!

3. idontcare

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 06, 2010

Well hopefully this is a good step towards the commitment to HSPA+ by the end of the year.

4. anarkie

Posts: 48; Member since: Jan 28, 2009

And now, after upgrading all existing equipment to suit the iPhone 4, the LTE launch will cause a whole new quagmire for AT&T and their data savvy users. Let's hope AT&T is a little more than proactive in those efforts to ensure they are, in fact, ready this time.

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

This is good, but, not all issues are fixable and that is not AT&T's fault.

6. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Haven't noticed a damn bit of difference. I can only imagine how bad it's going to get when the iPhone 4G comes out... Maybe I'll switch to T-Mobile when they get the N8.

7. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

It's iPhone 4, not 4G

8. jd829

Posts: 155; Member since: Feb 24, 2010

yeah, have fun with that...

10. spoonb1

Posts: 77; Member since: Jan 02, 2010

the n8 will have all five worldwide used 3g bands... it will work on att and tmo...i will get one and stay on att where it will actually be worth using. .. lol

9. kemper24

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 12, 2010

Well what i think is funny is where i live at in ky verizon has 3g and even a small carrier called appalachian wireless has 3g.... att puts towers up without 3g built in. Its pointless to put up towers and not include 3g....Thats why i wont pay 30 a month for a data plan that i cant even really use.

11. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

I can't wait to see the fireworks show when the iPhone 4 hits the market. What I mean by fireworks is the affect of all those iPhone 4s activating on AT&T's inferior network and blows up the towers. AT&T should have expanded their 3G network from the beginning. Playing catch-up sucks when you have a high-speed device like the iPhone 4 getting ready to take off.

12. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

the ceo is just talking or telling you what you want to hear. prove it.

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