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  • 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."
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T Ramping Up Download Speeds started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 42 Comments
    1. RonHC's Avatar
      RonHC -
      Take that Verizon!!!!
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      Verizon and they big stoneage 3G coverage! They Suck!!!
    1. clarky8's Avatar
      clarky8 -
      Now they should work on expanding their 3G coverage area for those of us who don't live in a major city
    1. Cirtess's Avatar
      Cirtess -
      I'll believe it when I see it... Remember, this is Att...
    1. adsonjustin's Avatar
      adsonjustin -
      Sweet
    1. idigipunk's Avatar
      idigipunk -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cirtess View Post
      I'll believe it when I see it... Remember, this is Att...
      Yeah we will see if this all happens
    1. oakland6980's Avatar
      oakland6980 -
      how about just better in building coverage.
    1. johnr9412's Avatar
      johnr9412 -
      Att already has much better 3G speeds than verizon! What they need is to expand coverage. Then we'll take them down
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      Maybe instead of unnecessarily increasing the speed of their network, AT&T could work on actually COVERING the 9.2 million people that aren't covered by AT&T, and therefore can't enjoy the iPhone. (Such as myself.)
    1. dillonsmith9147's Avatar
      dillonsmith9147 -
      ATT, you are idiots, if you would expand your damn coverage maybe towers wouldnt be so stressed i dont have signal much less 3g hell, i have seen the g come on my iphone before
    1. andrewbrimberry's Avatar
      andrewbrimberry -
      Maybe AT&T sponsored tethering is "coming soon" too!
    1. ruslan120's Avatar
      ruslan120 -
      This strategy is obvious; since Apple isn't probably putting an iPhone out for Verizon (as much as we'd like it), they send AT&T a letter saying to start "upgrading the network." Instead of upgrading the iPhone to 4G or Verizon, Apple only has to pull the same "increased speed of the network" crap like last June with the iPhone 3G[s]. Just watch Steve announce a "new chipset that supports faster speeds" instead of a 4G iPhone. They've done it before, and they'll do it again.

      History does repeat itself;
      from whatever speed it was to 7.2 mbps last year
      from 7.2 mbps to 14.4 is next
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      lol does this mean i will actually finally get 3g in my area or will it just be improved speed for people who already have 3g
    1. sucram6791's Avatar
      sucram6791 -
      verizon sucks!
    1. FiLLYBoii's Avatar
      FiLLYBoii -
      Quote Originally Posted by wolverinemarky View Post
      lol does this mean i will actually finally get 3g in my area or will it just be improved speed for people who already have 3g

      ^

    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Coverage is shameful. Newnan, GA, is considered metro-Atlanta and yet they only have 3G near the Interstate. Here in San Diego I can drive hours away and still have 3G coverage despite mountainous terrain and lots of wilderness. AT&T, FIX YOUR COVERAGE FIRST!

      Also, is this supposed to help current iPhone 3GS owners? I see no mention of it requiring new hardware or not, though I'm pretty sure that it's supposed to be a selling point for the non-4G (AKA non-LTE) 4th-gen iPhone. Will this increase the capacity of their current towers due to load balancing (more bandwidth between towers to share Internet trunks)? AFAIK, they always used higher-speed line-of-sight communications for that, like microwave, but I could be wrong.

      How does 14.4Mbps 3G compare to the performance we should expect when LTE rolls out?
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I guess I'll have to come to the defense of Verizon:

      At least we can actually connect to our network. Oh snap! Fast speeds don't mean much where there's no coverage.

      How fast is Verizon's downloads by comparison?
    1. madpoet's Avatar
      madpoet -
      I was in San Fran last week. I never understood the complaints about ATT until then. I had full bars in 3G and it would drop calls, not connect, not send text messages for hours... Yikes.
    1. iphone925's Avatar
      iphone925 -
      This will be good i hope they give some upload speeds with that as well at least 1mb if not a lot
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Translation:

      Those of you who actually have 3G will see a moderate speed bump between the hours of 12AM and 5AM. Those of you who don't get 3G won't see any improvement in connection or speed. You will continue to get dropped calls, your VM will continue to not function correctly, your texts will continue to not go through in a timely manner, and we'll continue to make up excuses and blame atmoshperical conditions on why our network works and 50 yards later doesn't. Thanks for fixing our foul network just enough to shut up the majority of the paying public and we will continue to serve those who pay our massive salaries and we'll continue to serve major population centers as well as make up astronomical figures about spending money on our entire company rather than just our wireless section. Thanks for your money suckers. Oh and thank your Federal Government for continuing to take our bribes and funding our screwups with taxpayer money so we don't have to actually spend the money ourselves.