AT&T Ramping Up Download Speeds
In case you missed it this week, AT&T made both an announcement and a pledge. Official word from the carrier stated that its high-speed HSPA+ data network upgrade will deliver a sorely needed boost to download speeds by the end of this year. According to AT&T, 14.4Mbps download speeds should be available to nearly 250 million Americans as we usher in 2011.
In addition, AT&T's current 3G network will enjoy a flurry of improvements, like doubling the network's current speeds. To be sure, this report about the effects of AT&T's upgrade is far from a rumor. AT&T Operations CEO John Stankey laid out all the gory details at a Reuters function this week, although it's safe to say that some of the bold claims could ultimately prove to have been somewhat exaggerated.
Many industry analysts and educated observers say that a more realistic average download speed should crank in at between 7.2Mbps and 14.4Mbps following the upgrade that will blanket most of the United States. The upgrade has been "forthcoming" ever since Apple revealed the iPhone 3GS last year. Despite what seems to have been an eternity since AT&T promised the upgraded high-speed 3G network, the carrier claims to actually be "ahead of schedule" with its targeted goals for the remainder of 2010.
Hopefully, AT&T's 4G data network scheduled for a 2011 roll out will also be "ahead of schedule."