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  • AT&T's 4G Network on Target for Next Summer



    AT&T is on schedule and on pace to roll out its fourth-generation high-speed wireless network by the middle of next year. Should AT&T still, by then, remain the exclusive US carrier of the iPhone, Apple's fifth generation iPhone (likely to be released next summer) may very well debut in unison with AT&T's faster-than-ever network.

    AT&T Mobility will launch commercial LTE service by mid-2011, and will cover between 70 million and 75 million POPs by the end of next year, a top executive said.
    This week at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2010 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference, AT&T Operations CEO John Stankey (the "top executive" referenced) said "the company is actively working with its primary LTE vendor partners--Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent--to get the network ready for launch." At present, AT&T is "conducting LTE trials" in Baltimore and Dallas, two locations where the carrier has been known to perform field tests.

    According to Stankey, AT&T may very well cough up as as much as $700 million on its LTE network this year, with plans to "go far beyond that" next year, an obvious jab at the competition. Verizon, after all, is working on its own LTE network to debut later this year and cover 100 million POPs.

    Stankey also touched on AT&T's 3G network. AT&T is readying a nationwide HSPA+ upgrade for this year, which AT&T executives have said will allow the carrier to deliver real-world download speeds of 7 Mbps. In the meantime, the carrier continues to upgrade backhaul to cell sites it has upgraded to HSPA 7.2 technology.
    Adding that he's never happy with AT&T's service and always striving to improve the quality of the carrier's service, Stankey also noted that positive changes should be expected for later this year on AT&T's 3G network. AT&T is currently readying a nationwide HSPA+ upgrade before the end of 2010, which AT&T executives have said "will allow the carrier to deliver real-world download speeds of 7 Mbps."

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T's 4G Network on Target for Next Summer started by Michael Essany View original post