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AT&T promises formal 4G service in 2011

updated 10:35 am EST, Tue February 17, 2009

ATT on 4G Rollout

AT&T yesterday at Mobile World Congress acknowledged that it should have a fully ready Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in 2011. The carrier has previously pledged to introduce the 4G-grade cellular access during 2010 but has said through senior architecture VP Kris Rinne that this first phase will be limited to trials. Actual commercial service won't come until roughly the middle of the following year, Rinne says.

The timetable puts AT&T's 4G network about a year behind that of Verizon, which is planning to trial its own LTE network late this year and to start its first regular service in 2010. However, the provider has previously maintained that it can rely on HSPA+ and should use the advanced 3G to reach a peak 20Mbps sometime this year through a mostly software-only upgrade to existing HSPA networks.

LTE is theoretically over five times faster in downloads than AT&T's planned HSPA+, at about 100Mbps, and has lower latency that should make multiplayer games, VoIP and two-way video calling more practical than on 3G.

by MacNN Staff



  1. mbdude

    Joined: Dec 1969



    they won't even have their 3G network built out by 2011... what makes them think they'll have 4G?? total bs.

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I second that,

    let's see 3G take the interstate highway system training wheels off and be pervasive first.

  1. MeandmyMac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    BS? Maybe not...

    Maybe AT&T and other communication carriers are getting a boatload of taxpayer's money umm, debt, from the Obama "stimulus" boondoggle, to have the extra money to hire all those great, yet temporary, jobs! That is how AT&T will have all their 4G infrastructure and service implemented and ready in 2011...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: BS!

    Who said anything about being "built-out". All they are saying is that it will be 'fully ready', meaning they'll be offering the service as an actual service, not just for trials.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "5 times more faster..."

    I like the more better english usage MacNN !

    @mbdude - I agree. They haven't even finished their 3G network yet. Much less fixed the problems. The 4G can be the fastest thing around - but without stability and solid access it will be splotchy at best.

    Like a Porsche - if it ain't got tires - it becomes a really heavy paper-weight.

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