AT&T Announces Multi-city 3G Speed Bump

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AT&T revealed its plans for migrating its 3G network to the faster HSPA 7.2 technology and expects to offer improved speeds in six cities by the end of the year. First on the company's list are Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami, with plans for faster coverage in 30 markets by the end of 2010.

The migration to HSPA 7.2 on the company's 3G network will offer subscribers peak download speeds of 7.2Mbps on compatible phones, including Apple's iPhone 3GS. AT&T is also planning on releasing two HSPA 7.2-compatible laptop cards by the end of the year.

The network speed bump will be good news for iPhone 3GS owners since they already have phones capable of taking advantage of the faster data transfer rates. The initial limited coverage areas, however, will leave most iPhone 3GS owners operating at the current 3G network speeds until AT&T ramps up its rollout plans.

AT&T expects to add HSPA 7.2 support to 25 of the nation's 30 largest markets by the end of 2010, and to have upgraded about 90 percent of its 3G network by the end of 2011. The company hasn't said which areas it plans to work on after it completes the initial six city roll out.

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5 Comments Leave Your Own

ctt1wbw

Holy crap, what about enabling 3G in areas that have nothing but Edge??????????

tbone1

To me, the interesting thing is where they are rolling out. Five of the six cities are south of the Mason-Dixon line. And the only northern city is one where A) AT&T/SBC has faced PR problems, and B) the bribe levels have dropped WAY down since Blogojovich got caught.

Lee Dronick

Holy crap, what about enabling 3G in areas that have nothing but Edge??????????

Where are you located?

Lee Dronick

Five of the six cities are south of the Mason-Dixon line. And the only northern city is one where A) AT&T/SBC has faced PR problems

Well if you extend the Mason-Dixon line to the West Coast then Los Angles is south of it, but I get your point.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Five of the six cities are south of the Mason-Dixon line.

Son of a bitch. So I have to choose sides between AT&T and Jesus H. Obama. I’m gonna sit this civil war out and hope at the end that Verizon or Sprint will be able to pick up my iPhone contract.

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