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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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    Comments 65 Comments
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Unless you live in a major metro area or on a major highway between metro areas you'll never get 3G much less LTE. ATT is not going to invest in low populated rural areas. If there is another carrier such as sprint or verizon that only operates on 3G and they have service in your little town then that's your only option.

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    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sofaxkingxhi View Post
      Reread needle dic i said give upgrades.
      Either way your argument is ridiculous. ATT does do discounted upgrades so long as you are a customer of theirs. Perhaps it is not a discount you are happy with, but it is there. If you want to have the latest and greatest ALL THE TIME you get to pay for it. I don't see how you call it robbery to not be given cheap upgrades every single year. You got what you paid for, signed a two year contract. You can do that again when your contract is up, or you can pay less than retail (but more than a two year contract price) to upgrade your phone yearly. At the end of the day, if you are smart and sell last year's model on eBay in order to get the new year's model, you come out on top, or slightly below. When all was said and done, it cost me about $30 to upgrade to an iPhone 4 having signed a contract for the 3GS 12 months before.
    1. greeneyes5066's Avatar
      greeneyes5066 -
      Yeah, I saw this yesterday and blogged all about it at www.techiphonegirl.com This is good news but I am even more excited about the coming improvements on our current 3G network.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      . AT&T is not going to invest in low populated rural areas.
      That's a shame. All the chest beating about network speed, crying to the Federal government about how it'll cost them too much to expand at anything approaching reasonable rates and asking for money they shouldn't get, boasting how fast they are, hiring overweight actors, blaming their customers for using what they pay for, telling their customers to stop contacting their overpaid CEO or there will be legal action against them, hiking the fees up for data which they boast about being so fast, and not unlocking phones after contract is up and they STILL can't provide the same level of service as every single on of their competitors in a 70 miles radius around a major military base that I live by. Every single one of their competitors has fantastic service here and this area. They have extremely slow and unreliable 3G 30 miles from here, but it's slower than edge and you can't get it while moving or inside any building, so it's basically worthless and I don't consider it actually being a 3G area.

      (not an attack on you, just pointing out the various failures of AT&T)
    1. hellknight's Avatar
      hellknight -
      At&t data service sucks. Even when on 3g the transfer rates are sluggish and often useless