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

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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10 Comments

1. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

6. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

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

7. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

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

2. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 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.

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

3. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Hspa+ gets me about 5mbps , no complaints here

9. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

4. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 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. :)

5. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

10. macher

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 14, 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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