AT&T testing speeds for HSPA+

AT&T testing speeds for HSPA+
With Sprint and Verizon going for 4G, AT&T's Mark Siegel has stated that they are in no hurry to switch over to 4G themselves as they are interested in utilizing the remaining network that the company has and upgrading it from HSPA to HSPA+ before they even implement LTE.

Chicago is the current base for AT&T for testing the higher speeds in question and they are experimenting with speeds of 7.2Mbps for downloads which can go upto 14.4Mbps.

Siegel also pointed out that Sprint and Verizon are rushing to LTE as they lack the capacity to increase speeds on their CDMA networks.


source: RCR Wireless

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19 Comments

1. The Godfather unregistered

I guess this is a good move for them, there 3g footmap is still in development and this would tie right in I guess to their current development plans.

2. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

VZW can move over to 4g because. They have the biggest 3g. Its time for them to move on. Now Sprint and ATT 3g is next to nowhere. VZW is moving to a global platform with Vodafone. ATT will be left in the dust. This settles it, VZW is the future of cellphones. Who cares what the 3g speeds of ATT are going to be. VZW is going to a huge nation wide 4g network. Dam near over night. With VZW's LTE (4g) it will be 10 times faster, and with a bigger coverage area. VZW's launch of their 4g network will be a lot bigger than ATT's current 3g network. Let alone ATT's 4g network when it comes out.

3. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Dude... really... Overnight? Come on Fanboy, you sound straight out of hardcore VZW Propaganda. I swear I am so sick and tired of asinine comments like this. I know the Godfather is a supporter of VZW, but he at least posts worthwhile information. You, on the other hand, post worthless information, as if you are trolling around looking to only post your VZW Propaganda bull crap on AT&T articles. As the Godfather posted, this is a great move for AT&T as it does tie perfectly into their development plans

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

what he lacked in reality he made up for by almost hitting a few points yes, cdma is pretty much at its limits, its time to move forward. VZW is going to start rolling out LTE sometime in 09, the same time ATT is still expanding its very VERY limited 3g service, vzw will be going 4g. Sprint has a plethora of extra 3g coverage. they actually have a decent network run by crappy people (must be the same execs from GM!!). Sprints move to Wimax is a "make or break" proposition. It will either revive the company or finish it off completely. ATT is known for talkin alot of crap and not delivering. they make all these very loselybased claims on coverage and get sued. They are trying it again, lets see if they get sued again. They also have the smallest 3g coverage of the "big 3" by far. where verizon is about 85% population coverage, AT&t is like 25%..

9. tflex

Posts: 146; Member since: Oct 24, 2008

either ur math skills are awful or u have no clue what u r talking about or both.

10. cartman

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

CDMA could still go a lot of ways. There is also EV-DO Rev. B, which can be easily implemented, and gives faster speeds. Also, ATT's 3G footprint is expanding. Last time I checked, they had 3G coverage in rural areas, such as the texas/oklahoma border, not to mention small towns like st.george, UT. I'm also going to say this, VZW claims of the largest 3g network is misleading. Now, I am not trying to defend one carrier or another (I'm sure ATT and Sprint have their cons), but for a resident from Oklahoma who cannot sign up, because their website says "we do not provide service here", well, then all that largest network claims are bs. Again, enough with these fanboys. Must be that same guy with the glasses ["Can you hear me now?"] who's posting this crap.

14. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

REV B would be a 4th gen technology as it would need to expand on the current CDMA technology platform. Why not go REV B you ask, GLOABAL ROAMING. REV B would still be CDMA based and not compatible with anything GSM service. LTE is based off of WCDMA technology which to explain incredibily loosely, a hibrid of GSM and CMDA as far as security and incription. REV B is only CDMA, LTE is a joint of both technologies. Rev B would cost just as much, be a little slower, and not as compatible with the global market. In short REV B would be a dumb move for VZW as a partner of Vodafone.

16. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

"I'm also going to say this, VZW claims of the largest 3g network is misleading. Now, I am not trying to defend one carrier or another (I'm sure ATT and Sprint have their cons), but for a resident from Oklahoma who cannot sign up, because their website says "we do not provide service here", well, then all that largest network claims are bs." You are completely clueless.

17. Bawt

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

Too bad Verizon still cripples every phone that gets into their clutches. Enjoy your laggy, slow, and useless phone running on VZW firmware.

18. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

the average joe doesnt care that verizon cripples their phones, most dont even know what cripple means, so who cares, its the service that matters haha lol!

4. The Godfather unregistered

some people ....wow Pings can u really be that oblivious to reality? embarressing.

5. phillipxenxciel

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 23, 2008

im switching to att~~

6. T-Money3000 unregistered

See?!! This is a good comment. Short.. Sweet.. To the point.

7. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

haha lol, why

12. cartman

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

because it's that person's choice. He can switch to att if he wants to, and not listen to you, fanboy. This is America. He/She is free to choose any carrier.

13. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i dont like going off topic but your comment is just asking for a reply...haha lol woah cartman, i didnt force him to switch to any carrier i was just wondering why he just said out of nowhere hes switching to at&t. and fanboy is a wicked name so stop using it dude!!! and it means largest coverage on average duh. its not a controversy it is a fact that verizon has more coverage than anyone else.

11. cartman

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

This is great on ATT's part, although their phones as of now (except the Touch Pro) are only capable of 3.6 HSDPA. Now, if they provide video calling, that will be great. [See Pings, Verizon does not provide video calling, or video share, or do they ever intend do].

15. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

They don't right now because they want to keep the integrity of their data netowrk for things that are actually necessary. I would assume when LTE actually rolls out, the expanded bandwidth will finally allow truly unlimited data plans, and even leave room for pointless, battery-draining extras like video call sharing that you still have to pay extra for and less that 5% of ATT's network even use. Get a life.

19. bbold2

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 30, 2008

you can't say that video calling woudln't be cool... of course you would prob be charged another 20.00 a month and then on top of that like you said prob hardly any areas would have it except HUGE cities.. but it would be a cool thing.. im not saying id get it cause i don't really look at people when i talk anyway why would i want you lookin at me hahaha...

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