AT&T To Roll Out HSPA+ 14.4Mbps Broadband Network In 2010
In May last year, AT&T announced plans to upgrade their network to the HSPA 7.2 3G technology that would bring faster 3G broadband speeds to the subscribers. By January of this year, the company had completed all the necessary software upgrades across the 3G cell sites offering an indication that Ma Bell was well on track to meet the deadline for the roll out of the 7.2Mbps 3G broadband network by the end of this year.
AT&T has now announced a policy shift that shall get the subscribers happy. Speaking at an event organized by Reuters, John Stankey, the CEO at AT&T Operations has said that his company intends to implement a more advanced HSPA+ technology that will bring much faster broadband speeds to nearly 250 million Americans by the end of this year.
HSPA+ is an advanced 3G broadband technology that can technically double the wireless broadband speeds from the current 7.2Mbps on HSPA to speeds close to 14.4Mbps. We must note that this speed is only a theoretical maximum and shall be affected based on a variety of factors like the market penetration and the backhaul capacity. The HSPA+ technology is likely to offer better connectivity to users until the next generation LTE 4G technology is rolled out. AT&T is expected to commence LTE trials in the first half of 2011.
AT&T's decision to expedite the launch of faster broadband speeds is apparently in a move to take on competition from the likes of T-Mobile and Verizon. T-Mobile, one of the larger GSM carriers in the US market has announced its plans to roll out a nation-wide HSPA+ network that shall offer 21Mbps broadband speed by the end of 2010. Also, Verizon is expected to roll-out LTE 4G technology in a handful of markets by the end of this year.
While the roll out of HSPA+ 14.4Mbps broadband network by the year end is great news for iPhone users, we're sure users are still interested in finding out when AT&T plans to allow iPhone tethering.