AT&T doubles the speed of its HSPA network?

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AT&T doubles the speed of its HSPA network?
AT&T is hard at work, doubling the capacity of its 3G HSPA pipes. A report on the Telephony Online web site says that Ma Bell is taking its network from the current 3.6Mbps up to 7.2Mbps. And while the next step would be another doubling of the speed to 14.4Mbps, the carrier plans to build up an HSPA+ enhanced network with peak capacity of over 21Mbps says Scot McElroy, AT&T's VP of technology implementation. For comparison, back in 2005 when the company was still known as Cingular, its first 3G network was running at 1.8Mbps until it doubled to its current throughput in 2008. The improvements are being carried out by deploying new base station software. While the company expects to keep updating its 3G pipes for some time, McElroy says that vendors are now being selected that are to start work on the 4G LTE network soon, with test runs scheduled for 2010 and commercial launch next year. As far as devices are concerned, the carrier is currently in the process of certifying ones for the broader bandwith.

source: Telephony Online via PhoneScoop


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20 Comments

1. LessthanZach

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 29, 2008

I can't wait until my fridge sends an instant message to my 4g device indicating that my inventory of beer and cheese appears to be low, followed by a link directing me with turn by turn directions to the store that has the cheapest prices. Mmmmmm... the possibilities of LTE integration are unlimited.

2. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

More Bandwidth with an actual razor FTW!!!

4. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

More Bandwidth with an actual razor FTW!!

3. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

shouldnt the top priority be improving their existing voice coverage?

6. heavybreathing

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

You must have never been on ATT before because I have never had a network related dropped call. EVER.

7. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

It's okay. Vzw fanman is for some reason inclined to bring negativity to every apple and AT&T article. We should be used to it by now.

9. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

ya heavy breathing do you work in a city? and thanks en sometimes people just forget ;-)

12. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Wow.. I really can't beleive you just admitted to coming to an iPhone/apple article just to say something negative.

17. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

haha lol en. it is what it is...AT&T FTW

18. heavybreathing

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

Actually I live in a very country area, I usually 45 miles to work every day so I span a large distance. I've been on road trips, out of state, everywhere. Never had a dropped call.

19. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

ive been down the whole east coast and only had one dropped call in virgina :-)

5. wifidude

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 17, 2009

Sprint Won... America's First Wireless 4G network http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YhWNiRRblY

15. The Spartan

Posts: 98; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

Sprint won? You're retarded. I still see them WAY behind Verizon and AT&T. Keep chuggin on the killer Sprint kool-aid dude. Can't wait till LTE just steamrolls Xohm once and for all. 72Mbs - 360Mbs peak speeds. LTE FTW.

8. ravensfan55

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

Sprint's WiMAX is pre-WiMAX equipment. Not true 4G WiMAX.

20. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I don't know what WiMax and pre-WiMax is, but I know that Sprint said in a commercial that they are the first to bring the next 4G network

10. E-Z DUZ-IT

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 17, 2009

For Verizon, the primary competitor to AT&T in the US, the next generation mobile network means Long Term Evolution (LTE). That future specification is sometimes referred to as 4G, but is really the next stage of 3GPP development. AT&T currently operates a 3GPP Release 5 network now being upgraded to incorporate newer improvements in the 3GPP specifications; LTE is simply a name attached to the forthcoming 3GPP Release 8.

11. E-Z DUZ-IT

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 17, 2009

Once LTE networks are built out over the next several years, Verizon's CEO told the Wall Street Journal that an LTE version of the iPhone would make Apple "more likely" to want to work with Verizon in addition to AT&T. If all goes according to plan, at some point early in the next decade both Verizon and AT&T will operate compatible networks, just like all the providers in Europe. However, AT&T has already stated that it plans to upgrade its existing network incrementally, which is a much easier path toward LTE than Verizon's plans to completely replace its CDMA/EVDO network with LTE. During that time, AT&T will also be able to continue to advertise a faster mobile network, and Apple will be able to leverage global support for 3GPP mobile networks to release increasingly faster versions of the iPhone

13. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Why can't you put everyone in the "know how" on every topic, kid? Keep up the good work. E-Z DUZ-IT with an actual razor FTW!!!

14. The Spartan

Posts: 98; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

...Hmm...yes some faster than others. VZW - Test networks by end of '09, Commercial release by '10. AT&T - 2014. Verizon is taking advantage of AT&T improving their current network and spending the appropriate money to deploy their LTE network first before anyone else, including AT&T. And they're not necessarily replacing their entire network. They're currently focused on deploying their network now, however they have said that it will be backwards compatible with CDMA. I guess my point is, in the next decade they may have the same network, just some faster than others.

16. E-Z DUZ-IT

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 17, 2009

nope, all same s%$t. If anything, they're ALL gonna have licensing agreements. Signal will be a thing of the past.. the future is all devices services features, signal what signal, with every carrier doing the same, the U.S. and the world will be blanketed. Its just the way it is. To the future of, anything your phone can do, mine can do better.

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