AT&T has a commanding share of the global HSPA market at 21%

AT&T has a commanding share of the global HSPA market at 21%
Data consumption among mobile devices have skyrocketed as more advanced smartphones hit the market. Some users are getting their first taste of 3G while some are content with the speed, but AT&T looks to continue to be a leader in meeting the demand for data services. AT&T announced last week that it has deployed HSPA in 850 MHz spectrum in Houston, New York City, and Atlanta – the deployment aims to increase bandwidth and capacity in-building coverage. In addition to those major cities, the number two wireless carrier in the country is steadily trying to get its HSPA 7.2 in six cities by the end of the year and 25 of the top 30 markets by the end of 2010. With all these plans in place, AT&T is placing itself in a good spot for meeting up with the demand. According to the GSM Association, AT&T has 21 percent of the global HSPA subscriber base. Although speeds will potentially become faster in certain locations, there is still a need for compatible devices – it's planned for six HSPA 7.2-compatible devices to be offered by the year-end. So as consumers continue to uncover the power of their devices, there will always be a need to increase bandwidth to keep up with demand.

source: Fierce Wireless

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7 Comments

1. cartman

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

21% is surprising. But really, I wish they would focus on 21Mbps rather than 7.2.

2. The Doc

Posts: 122; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

When they refer to At&t holding 21 percent of the global HSPA subscriber base, is that the same as saying that all of their U.S. subscribers on a global level? Or does At&t have global subscribers?

3. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Another step towards taking over the world! lol

4. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

And a 0% share in the upcoming LTE market. You can prove anything you want with statistics. The fact of the matter is that AT&T's 3G network is too overloaded with iPhone maniacs. Their subscription base is outgrowing the infrastructure of it's network. AT&T's 3G is equivalent to a large city putting 65 mph speed limits on their main roads. It sounds good, and attracts drivers looking for a faster commute, but what they don't tell you is that their main roads are only two laned. There's no chance of hitting 65 mph, just as there's no chance of hitting 7.2 HSPA using your phone. If it wouldn't be for the iPhone and the lack of viable coverage alternatives in the southeastern United States, AT&T would be in the tank.

6. Galen20K

Posts: 577; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

True Story.

5. Galen20K

Posts: 577; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Yes, its too bad that 21% is Mega Crap.

7. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

Well stated. People always react crazily to false advertising such as this. Where I currently reside, Verizon began offering 3G services about 2 weeks ago. Everyone around here was like "3G! Yes, im switching! It's going to be so fast!". But because everyone switched to 3G networking and bogged down the network, my friends who were using 2G internet services got faster speeds than their 3G using counterparts. AT&T and their homers can put up all the fronts their want, but AT&T's 3G network is a paper tiger. You can't roll out 3G services without having the infrastructure in place to support it. Lots of pathetic iPhone users are finding that out the hard way lol.

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