AT&T Rolling Out HSDPA 7.2 For Faster 3G Speeds

May 27, 2009

(ChattahBox) — AT&T has announced that it is upgrading the speed of its 3G network to HSPA technology, raising peak speeds to 7.2Mbps. AT&T’s current UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) network tops out at a peak download speed of 3.6Mpbs. The upgrade won’t be finished until 2011 but will also be a stepping stone to begin testing its LTE technology.

HSPA, which stand for High Speed Packet Access, is not supported in current devices, though AT&T says that compatible phones and 3G laptop cards are en route. LTE (Long-Term Evolution), is a 4G technology that promises peak download speeds of at least 50Mbps. Its bigger rival Verizon Wireless, plans to already start installing LTE into its network later in 2009, at least a year ahead of AT&T.

AT&T is also deploying 2,100 new cell sites and adding more bandwidth plans while increasing its radio-frequency capacity by a factor of almost double, which it says will help with both overall coverage and in-building reception.

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