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AT&T touts the virtues of its LTE network, creates AppCenter for raw HTML5 apps

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AT&T touts the virtues of its LTE network, creates AppCenter for raw HTML5 apps
AT&T is understandably proud of its LTE efforts, and, besides announcing a whole suite of mobile devices with LTE connectivity to take adavantage of it in the coming weeks and months, it also stopped a little to brag.

The carrier didn't miss the opportunity to mention that once you are out of LTE coverage on Verizon, you are down to crawling 3G speeds, whereas with AT&T you can fall back on its HSPA+ network, which is much faster. It was also duly noted that in 2011 the company made 150 000 improvements on its network, three times the 2010 number, and hung 80 000 new antennas to better coverage, reaching 99% retention rate of its HSPA+ network. 

AT&T is pushing it on the software side of things as well, joining the OpenStack community for open source cloud-based development for businesses that want to take advantage of its LTE network. The collaboration plans are international too - the carrier plans to supply APIs for messaging, speech, location, monetization, contacts, storage as a service and others, to other carriers worldwide, hoping for more interoperability. 

But the most interesting bit for us in terms of software was that the carrier will be creating an app store for "unwrapped" Android applications done in HTML5, betting that the standard will take off big, just as Apple, Google, Microsoft and others are doing. 

This HTML5 shop, called AppCenter will actually be a curated gateway for raw HTML5 apps, before they have been turned into native .APK packages, and might be coming to iOS and other platforms later in the year, said AT&T's Jeff Bradley. The AppCenter, however, will first serve Android devices, and will be available to developers to play around with in beta form starting today.

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posted on 09 Jan 2012, 15:27 6

1. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

First. AT&T, constantly improving. Too bad the bureaucratic government stopped them from buying Tmobile.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 17:59 1

6. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)

One of the very few times I agree with you Miz.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 20:48

7. JGuinan007 (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 May 2011)

I can't believe I agree had to give a thumbs up even though you still said 1st

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 15:51

2. bigdawg23 (Posts: 462; Member since: 25 May 2011)

I finally got to experience AT&T LTE after travelling to a market this weekend. It smoked my cousins VZW LTE. An as the article states, in 3G Areas its not even a comparison. Many of my tests in LTE on my Skyrocket were 25-40Down and 7-10Up.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 22:00

8. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Yep, I believe it - my buddy's Vivid got 15+ Mbps up on HSPA+

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 16:27

3. christianqwerty (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 May 2011)

Hspa+ gets me about 5mbps , no complaints here

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 22:04

9. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

depends on the phone - my captivate did 5Mbps also, when I changed the modem.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 16:27

4. Jyakotu (Posts: 854; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

The sad thing is, AT&T can't win for losing. Even with constant improvements to the network, people still see them as "Ma Bell" and talk about bad service. However, when they report earnings, they always add new customers. That's one the appealing things about AT&T's LTE network, you will revert to HSPA+ network which gets about 14.4 Mbps. Honestly, I know AT&T can succeed without T-Mobile, but they were the only logical choice during buyers because they're the only other national GSM carrier in the USA.

Still, I look forward to seeing AT&T improving their network. :)

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 16:57

5. Glim12808 (Posts: 394; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Although I'm not with AT&T, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!! An improving AT&T will keep everyone on their toes!

posted on 14 Jan 2012, 15:33

10. macher (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)

Do you think AT&T LTE network will in par with VZW? Just seems like AT&T has too many open ends such as edge areas, no HSPA+ back haul etc.

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