AT&T Upgrades 3G Technology at Cell Sites Across Nation:

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AT&T Upgrades 3G Technology at Cell Sites Across Nation:

Software Upgrade Sets Stage for Faster 3G Speeds, Enhanced Mobile Data Performance to Come with Capacity Upgrades Planned for 2010-2011

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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I know we always hear about where at@t doesnt work. might be nice if someone chimed in about where the upgrades actually improved service. Has anyone actually seen an improvement from all this money they are spending on the upgrades? Was just wondering?
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Mentor

Re: AT&T Upgrades 3G Technology at Cell Sites Across Nation:

At&t just rolled out 3G in Vermont.  Voice coverage has always been good, but now I can actually use the data side of my iPhone.  Yesterday, for giggles and to see how well the 3G really worked, I streamed music with the Pandora app on my 30 minute commute.  It never skipped a beat.  Comercial free blues, bluetoothed from my iPhone to my Jabra hands-free w/FM transmitter to the car stereo.  Man, I love technology!
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Professor

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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 Smiley Very Happy

 

It kinda gives me hope that the nearby city of Sonora might get 3G too.

 

 

 

 

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Re: AT&T Upgrades 3G Technology at Cell Sites Across Nation:

Nothing different in Seattle. Still lot's of dead zones and dropped signals up and down I-5 corridor. Can't stay on data (or calls) continuously from Tacoma to Everett from time to time. This morning on the bus, got mostly Edge due to rain. When I do get 3G, speeds are about the same.
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Professor

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No upgrades apparent in Los Angeles... still in the 1.5Mbps/220kbps range (peaks of 2.7Mbps/230kbps).
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I can't wait till upgrades are done in PA, as I wouldn't mind having the increased speed on my BB Bold.
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We recently got 3g here in roanoke and I cant really see a whole lot of difference in the speeds of the internet. Still waiting on coverage upgrades so I can use my phone where i need to. I recently got a 5800 with wifi and thats where i see a real difference in internet speeds.
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No change in NE Ohio. I just tested the 3G speed on my iPhone 3Gs using speedtest.net. My download speed is a consistent 1,600 kbps and my upload 300 kbps.
Message Edited by Todd F on 01-13-2010 01:35:14 PM
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Update to my previous post, just checked my speed at home and I am getting constant 3.6 Mbps down and 320 kbps up. I live in Alliance in NE Ohio.
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Re: AT&T Upgrades 3G Technology at Cell Sites Across Nation:

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.

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Re: AT&T Upgrades 3G Technology at Cell Sites Across Nation:

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.

 

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