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AT&T to have full HSPA coverage by late June

updated 11:25 am EDT, Wed May 21, 2008

ATT Full 3G by Late June

AT&T will have a complete HSPA-based 3G cellular network by the end of June, the company has announced on Wednesday. The carrier plans to have added the faster, more upload-driven HSUPA component of the spec to six of its remaining 3G markets by the end of next month, giving those areas DSL-like access speeds over wireless: users can anticipate real-world speeds of as much as 1.4Mbps downstream and between 500Kbps to 800Kbps for uploads, AT&T claims.


The company also notes that it will have 3G for nearly all its markets by the end of the year, with 275 individual networks already supporting the standard and 350 supporting the faster data access by the end of the year. Most of these territories already include HSUPA, and all new territories will receive the newer standard as their 3G services go online.

This expansion is seen as crucial to the company's long-term future by the provider, which reiterates its plans to introduce even more advanced specifications. The company expects to launch HSPA+ in 2009 that will provide 20Mbps 3G downloads through a software upgrade and will ultimately replace its network with a 4G service based on Long Term Evolution, a 100Mbps format that will also be used by Alltel and Verizon.

The timing of AT&T's launch brings the expanded coverage to the US just as Apple is expected to unveil a 3G-capable iPhone at WWDC. However, the future cellphone is believed to use an Infineon chipset that only supports the earlier HSDPA component of the HSPA standard, limiting the advantages of the rollout to faster downloads and expanded coverage areas.




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  1. mbdude

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    misleading title

    the title of your article is misleading.
    it implies that ATT's entire network will be HSPA by end of June, when in reality all th article states is that where ATT has 3G service, it will be full HSDPA and HSUPA.

    the VAST majority of ATT's network will still be slower EDGE service.

    ATT's 3G coverage is FAR less than Sprint or Verizon's 3G/EVDO coverage.

  1. Rezzz

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    3G coverage

    http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer/popUp_3g.jsp

    It looks like a lot.. but when you check the actual coverage map as an image, it's a miniscule area of the country.

    http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer/

    Zoom in 1 level then click the 3G checkbox.

    Still, I'm covered so all good.

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