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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
    Comments 65 Comments
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Ok now I need to sell my evo4G
    1. MN1987's Avatar
      MN1987 -
      So! Question!

      Will 4G only be compatible with 5th gen iPhones? Or do you think it will be compatible with any model iPhone? Maybe they'll release a firmware?

      I know nobody knows, but what do you guys speculate?
    1. Captinsmooth's Avatar
      Captinsmooth -
      Quote Originally Posted by MN1987 View Post
      So! Question!

      Will 4G only be compatible with 5th gen iPhones? Or do you think it will be compatible with any model iPhone? Maybe they'll release a firmware?

      I know nobody knows, but what do you guys speculate?
      4G will require new hardware to work, a firmware update won't be able to enable an old device to work with 4G.
    1. MN1987's Avatar
      MN1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Captinsmooth View Post
      4G will require new hardware to work, a firmware update won't be able to enable an old device to work with 4G.
      That's so lame.

      I might sell my i4 in May or so and just buy an unlocked i5 when it launches. I'm sure it'll net me enough that the difference isn't too overwhelming.
    1. Halten77's Avatar
      Halten77 -
      Wow, iPhone 5G. My contract expires until 2014. So... iPhone 8 Much? ;(
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      I never have any issues with AT&T either, but 4G would be awesome for sure
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Has anybody else wondered if this will result in a price hike of AT&T's Data packages with this LTE upgraded network?
    1. zeroskater61's Avatar
      zeroskater61 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Captinsmooth View Post
      I have had AT&T for about 3 years now. I live in NY and hardly ever have issues except for New Years at about midnight and then its locked right up....lol Can't call anyone and if you get your text at all you are lucky.
      Am pretty sure the rest of the U.S. gets this same issue around the same time seeing how everyone is sending out text messages wishing everyone a happy new year at the same time.
      Even if there on a different carrier.
    1. jecebn's Avatar
      jecebn -
      4G? We're still waiting on 3G where I live
    1. mastaryan's Avatar
      mastaryan -
      How bout 3G for me. Heck with 4g upgrade/expand 3G network.
    1. HomieG35's Avatar
      HomieG35 -
      Hello 4GS
    1. frail1's Avatar
      frail1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by HomieG35 View Post
      Hello 4GS
      It would be 4G or 4s considering the. Current one is just the 4
    1. l0k0's Avatar
      l0k0 -
      4gS would be the nail in the coffin. ALthough we know for a fact they will upgrade the chips, so jailbreak would be a wait. But an Iphone that supports a 4G network would really be worth the wait.

      Just imagine how upset those Isuck4 customers are gonna be come next June, LMAO

      With that being said, PS3 PlayStation Move drops TODAY. I'm goin shopping for another toy woohoo.
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      Looks like this would help the network, hopefully this will help them expand a bit more to be more competitive with Verizon. Cellphone service has come along way and doesn't seem to be slowing down across the board.
    1. TheGrandFinale2001's Avatar
      TheGrandFinale2001 -
      Well good for them. They just need to bring some of that towards Atlanta lol
    1. towboattrash34's Avatar
      towboattrash34 -
      Service sux. Unless u live in a major city which most do not. Heck I'm in beaumont tx with full 3g and can't get online having to use wifi right now. I have constant dropped calls. I'm never in a major city for long, so what is the use of 4g when alot of people have if they have 3g is crapy. If it was not for the iPhone I would be back to sprint. So for now I put up with chity service of AT&T.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Don't have 3G within 60 miles of me in any direction, and don't expect to have LTE within 3 years after rollout. They keep sending me emails about how great their service is coming along despite my hundreds of app reports and many calls over the past 18 months. Hopefully LTE will be faster than 3G with all the data hungry customers they have. Having AT&T as the only carrier is biting Apple in the ***, and will only get worse if they don't go to more carriers. I only hope for Apple and AT&T both that this network upgrade works put for them because both really need some good news as far as the network goes.
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halten77 View Post
      Wow, iPhone 5G. My contract expires until 2014. So... iPhone 8 Much? ;(
      2014?! Did they at least have the common courtesy to give you a reach-around?
    1. face2face's Avatar
      face2face -
      Quote Originally Posted by jecebn View Post
      4G? We're still waiting on 3G where I live
      +1!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I wonder what this means for nationwide 3G coverage, seeing as how that is still sorely lacking. If it takes as long for my area to get 4G as it did 3G I probably won't be getting a newer plan, if at all. I am betting that the "grandfathered" rates will be eliminated as well. Data plans will likely raise in price again too.

      Quote Originally Posted by Halten77 View Post
      Wow, iPhone 5G. My contract expires until 2014. So... iPhone 8 Much? ;(
      How on earth does your contract expire in 2014?

      Quote Originally Posted by l0k0 View Post

      Just imagine how upset those Isuck4 customers are gonna be come next June, LMAO
      Based on ATT's past expansion rates, the vast majority of users wouldn't even be in a 4G area so, most of them wouldn't be regretting a thing!