AT&T pledges to cover roughly 250 million people with HSPA+ by the end of the year

AT&T pledges to cover roughly 250 million people with HSPA+ by the end of the year
With so much noise ringing strongly around next generation networks, we've heard many times already in the past on how AT&T intends on improving their network – especially the out-pour of dissatisfaction from customers about spotty coverage in some major cities. And even during the last leg of Apple's launch of the iPad, we heard at how AT&T was going to kick it up a notch to accommodate the surge of customers potentially surfing on their 3G enable iPads on their network. This time around, we're hearing at how AT&T is going to attempt to cover 250 million Americans with HSPA+ before the end of the year is over. Quite an astonishing revelation, the news came from the mouth of AT&T's Operations CEO, John Stankey, during a Reuters event where they foresee themselves in doubling its theoretical 7.2Mbps maximum speeds on HSPA. No doubt Sprint's aggressive plunge into 4G with WiMAX. T-Mobile hovering in the 21Mbps sector, and Verizon slowly moving into the 4G game too has caused AT&T to reevaluate its position on its 3.5G HSPA+ network. Let's hope that the upgrade is a smooth process without any decrease in their current output performance level that already follows a fragile foundation.

source: Engadget

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37 Comments

1. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

We all know that ATT can do it, those who hate on ATT or don't believe they can do it are just in fear and most likely are verizon fans lol. But we are almost half way through this year so Network Talks and Customer will Walk if they don't provide

18. lovebuzz

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 21, 2009

Sounds like you're not so sure of them yourself... wanna know why no one has faith in AT&T? Because all they have to show for themselves so far is a half-assed network with coverage easily compared to the spots on a Dalmation, commercials with a fat has-been Luke Wilson, and ONE phone that has managed to single-handedly showcase their network service shortcomings and also gotten all the other carriers to raise their bars in response. So yeah. I'll believe it when i see it.

2. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Well I'm a loyal AT&T customer and I've gotten nothing but positive service from them. I cannot wait for them to improve. No cell phone carrier is perfect, but AT&T must be doing something right if they're gaining customers. Keep up the good work AT&T. Hope to see that HSPA+ rolling out soon. :-)

5. bbatts22

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

You are loyal , nice, but which device do you use as a loyal customer to ATT?

6. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Blackberry Bold 900 homie :) still the best blackberry til this day PERIOD!

8. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Never heard of the 900 model...lol

11. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

my bad 9000 sorry Jack lol

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

so you have a bold.. ok.. u do know u could keep that phone, get on tmobile and have the same or BETTER coverage and pay almost half as much? LOL Its nice to be a fan of a company... especially when they are bleeding u dry. LOL I make fun of ATT because they like to pretend they are as good as VZW so they charge like VZW, exept their service is the same or WORSE than Tmobile in many areas, and tmobile charges half the price.

28. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Not switching to tmobile man reason is i get my service for free through my job without my job i would be with sprint still like i was from 2001-2007 lol

34. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Are you gonna buy the BLACKBERRY BIOLD SLIDER, if it is an AT&T phone?

35. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

BIOLD=BOLD...dammmmmmmmmmmm

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

This is nothing new as it was planned from the get go at the end of last year...wher have you been PHONEARENA - AT&T should put 3G to full use before going to LTE, but, as usual, it will be a year+ behind BIG BLUE....except, BIG BLUE will have growing pains as it transitions from its current patchwork network to a GSM standard....let the fun begin.

19. lovebuzz

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 21, 2009

Oook that makes no sense. Who are you even talking about?

30. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Wow, 5 -1 ratings means that 5 of you are clueless - it will take Verizon some work to transition to LTE....lovebuzz, on here you can make a general comment without addressing someone in particular....wow.

36. lovebuzz

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 21, 2009

I don't why I'm even trying to educate you... but last time i checked... Verizon Wireless isn't BLUE. Idiot.

4. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

just wondering how fast is at&t's hspa+ going to be? is is going to be 21 mbps like t-mobile?

7. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

With ATT how knows they would rather be the last provider to put it out just to top the other providers

24. theGodpapa

Posts: 181; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

I love to know where Omar has gotten anywhere near 21 mbps on a tmobile network ever ..... anywhere. Not in this country.

25. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Actually, HSPA+ is in Philadelphia. 21 mbps speed is max speed.

31. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

no, it is not - WImax is getting 6 Mbps...so no - you may see 3 or 4 max with HSPA+, and my TILT is ready and waiting.

37. lovebuzz

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 21, 2009

As of November 2009, there are 20 HSPA+ networks running in the world at 21 Mbit/s and two are running at 28 Mbit/s[2]. From Wikipedia.....again networkdood....idiot.

9. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

ok this being said anyone can say something' rumor' and i'm that guy who's gonna sit back and say prove it.

10. CHEFJEFF

Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 22, 2009

No matter what AT&T does, they will always SUCK!!!

12. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

If you never own AT&T you don't have a say in the matter, if you had AT&T sorry you were one of the unfortunate ones

13. CHEFJEFF

Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 22, 2009

I've had every carrier. AT&T is by far the worst!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The only reason they have as many subscribers as they do is because of the stupid iPhone, without that, they would be battling with MetroPCS.

14. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Same thing with Verizon and there Droid and Sprint with there HTC HD....you really not making a valid point sir

15. jtucker1987

Posts: 89; Member since: May 06, 2010

I'm pretty sure AT&T still had tens of millions of subscribers pre-iPhone era. I mean, weren't they even bigger than verizon before the iPhone? To me AT&T is a very realiable carrier. It all depends on where you live. I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia and verizon isn't the greatest around here. In fact, verizon drops more calls here than AT&T. To even prove that I don't live in a secluded area, tmobile EVEN has 3G here!!

17. ILOVEIPHONE25 unregistered

Before the iPhone, the major service being used was edge which is pretty good for the service.

21. ILOVEIPHONE25 unregistered

I kind of agree with you, but they are shitty with their service. I can tell when I go to certain areas that the service is spotty. I think that they have put their primary problems in the backroo for the ability to grow and expand it's control on the cell phone market. By the way, while I was typing this message from my iPhone the signal went from full bars to none and then 1 bar. And I wasn't moving around either.

22. ILOVEIPHONE25 unregistered

I kind of agree with you, but they are shitty with their service. I can tell when I go to certain areas that the service is spotty. I think that they have put their primary problems in the backroo for the ability to grow and expand it's control on the cell phone market. By the way, while I was typing this message from my iPhone the signal went from full bars to none and then 1 bar. And I wasn't moving around either.

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