AT&T Boosts 3G Networks - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Mobile
News
5/27/2009
03:15 PM
50%
50%

AT&T Boosts 3G Networks

The carrier will be spending nearly $18 billion to double the speed of its mobile data networks up to 7.2 Mbps.

AT&T said it would be boosting the speed of its mobile data networks, and the announcement could be just in time for a brand new iPhone.

The company is upgrading its network to High Speed Packet Access 7.2 technology, and it will raise theoretical speeds to 7.2 Mbps. AT&T is spending about $18 billion to accomplish this, doubling the spectrum allocated for its 3G network, and the upgrades will begin this year and are expected to be completed by 2011.

"AT&T's network infrastructure gives us a tremendous advantage in that we're able to deliver upgrades in mobile broadband speed and performance with our existing technology platform," said Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility, in a statement. "With the array of smartphones, laptops, and emerging devices taking advantage of AT&T's 3G network today, we know that customers are excited to experience higher mobile broadband speeds, and we are deploying the right technologies at the right times to help them get the most from that experience."

The carrier said it will introduce smartphones capable of using the boosted network later this year, and one of these could be the next-generation iPhone. Apple's touch-screen smartphone has been a hit for AT&T, and it accounted for the bulk of the carrier's new subscribers last quarter. Consumers have made the device a popular handset, but the shoddy 3G reception has led to many complaints and a few lawsuits.

Apple is expected to reveal the next iPhone soon, possibly at June's World Wide Developers Conference. A third-generation iPhone is expected to have increased storage capacity, and would likely be capable of accessing the faster 3G network.


Take part in our survey on regulatory compliance by May 29 and be eligible to win an Apple iPod Touch valued at $299.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
Reflections on Tech in 2019
James M. Connolly, Editorial Director, InformationWeek and Network Computing,  12/9/2019
Slideshows
What Digital Transformation Is (And Isn't)
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  12/4/2019
Commentary
Watch Out for New Barriers to Faster Software Development
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  12/3/2019
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
Video
Current Issue
The Cloud Gets Ready for the 20's
This IT Trend Report explores how cloud computing is being shaped for the next phase in its maturation. It will help enterprise IT decision makers and business leaders understand some of the key trends reflected emerging cloud concepts and technologies, and in enterprise cloud usage patterns. Get it today!
Slideshows
Flash Poll