01-05-2010 3:45 PM
San Francisco, California, January 5, 2010
AT&T* today announced completion of a software upgrade at 3G cell sites nationwide that prepares the nation’s fastest 3G network for even faster speeds.
The deployment of High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 technology across 3G cell sites is the first of multiple initiatives in AT&T’s network enhancement strategy designed to provide customers with the best possible mobile broadband experience, both today and well into the future. After full testing of HSPA 7.2 software, AT&T decided to expedite deployment of this initial upgrade, which will result in a better overall customer experience by generally improving consistency in accessing data sessions. The software upgrade also prepares the network for faster speeds and increases network efficiency.
Faster 3G speeds will come as AT&T combines the new technology with enhanced cell site backhaul connections over the course of 2010 and 2011. AT&T is in the midst of this second initiative to dramatically increase the number of high-speed backhaul connections to cell sites, primarily with fiber-optic connections, adding capacity from cell sites to the AT&T backbone network. The combination of HSPA 7.2 technology and enhanced backhaul will support theoretical peak maximum speeds of 7.2 megabits per second, though as with any mobile broadband network, actual speeds will be lower than the theoretical maximum and will vary due to a number of factors.
In addition to the HSPA 7.2 software, initial deployment of backhaul is already underway in the six U.S. cities announced in 2009 as initial HSPA 7.2 markets – Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Miami, with capabilities being turned up on a site-by-site basis beginning last month. Further backhaul deployment will continue in these markets and begin in additional markets across the nation. We anticipate that the majority of our mobile data traffic will be carried over the expanded fiber-based, HSPA 7.2-capable backhaul by the end of this year, with deployment continuing to expand in 2011.
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01-08-2010 11:35 AM
I was driving along Hwy 108 in the Sierra foothills of CA, and took a turn into Tuolumne City (I'd long since left 3G coverage) when I inexplicably came upon a very strong - and very fast - 3G signal right on N. Tuolumne Road. Turns out, it was coming from Black Oak Casino. I guess they're trying to entice people with 3G to come and play on the blackjack tables and slot machines
It kinda gives me hope that the nearby city of Sonora might get 3G too.
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01-22-2010 12:25 AM
talk to att corp.store in owensboro,ky (42301)
was told this area getting 3g in march,
att just turned on a tower in nov. 23miles from
my house(42355) now i can make call's without
going outside in the cold rain &snow,as far as the
3g goes i don't care,seems it cause's a lot of problems
with the iphone(my wife's)at least that's what i'm reading
on all the boards,if this is true i would not want to be
on the other end of the phone when she call att or iphone.
01-25-2010 4:33 PM
The 'best' increase that AT&T can do in the L.A. area would be to 'move' another 10MHz of spectrum from GSM to 3G/WCDMA.