Mar 13 AT 5:45 PM Taylor Wimberly 10 Comments

AT&T to also use HSPA+ in certain locations

Most United States carriers will be rolling out some flavor of “4G” technology this year except for AT&T which has chosen to wait till 2011 for LTE. AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega thinks there will be a shortage of LTE devices in 2010 and chose to wait till 2011 when they will be widely available.

So how does AT&T fill the gap till next year while all the other carriers beef up their networks? A recent interview with Fierce Broadband Wireless suggest AT&T will follow T-Mobile’s strategy of using HSPA+.

Mr. De la Vega said his company will deploy HSPA+ (which is capable of 21 Mbps) in certain locations, but they are still working out the details on which markets to cover.

If AT&T is holding off on LTE till 2011 for more handsets, does that mean we could see more HSPA+ devices this year? T-Mobile is launching their HSPA+ network tomorrow and expects to have broad national deployment of its faster mobile web by the end of 2010. Their first device is a USB modem, but it is widely expected T-Mobile has a surprise HSPA+ handset to pair with their very fast network.

Is anyone else holding out on 4G data speeds for their next Android handset? Sprint will have a 4G handset this summer, but surely T-Mobile and Verizon have something up their sleeve.

AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega

Source: Fierce Broadband Wireless

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  • Killa

    I know it’s not that big of a difference, but my brother (who sells phones) said that AT&T’s HSPA+ will be able to get up to 21.5 Mbps while T-Mobile’s will just do 21 Mbps. Do you know if that’s true?

    • http://Website G1User79

      This sounds like a sales trick. You always have to one up the other guy.

  • http://Website Antwan

    They should be focusing on the back-haul in their busiest markets first!

    • http://www.mattdemers.com MattDemers

      Are you kidding? A company fixing things, rather than being able to claim that their network is the “fastest”, or saying they’re breaking new ground?

    • http://Website Haggie

      You beat me to it. Most towers don’t have backhaul to support EXISTING technology and traffic levels.

      Publish the average backhaul capacity of the providers. THAT would be a very interesting number to use for side-by-side comparison.

  • http://Website Antwan

    I think Sprints PCS network would be towards the top. It’s relatively young compared to the other networks (only 16 years old) and was built on 100% fiber optic since the beginning when the Bell companies were still using copper (don’t know if they still use copper. Seems like it).

    T-Mobile would probably hold their own bandwidth wise as well. A really good question is……Which carrier would fold first if all of the US iPhones suddenly shifted over to one of the other major three and started consuming their network resources?

  • http://Website Vance

    Will hardware limitations on current devices prevent access to t-mobile’s HSPA network? I have a Nexus One (in love with it) and will likely swap my Verizon broadband USB device for the t-mobile one when it’s out, but would like to get those speeds on my phone too.

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  1. I know it’s not that big of a difference, but my brother (who sells phones) said that AT&T’s HSPA+ will be able to get up to 21.5 Mbps while T-Mobile’s will just do 21 Mbps. Do you know if that’s true?

  2. AntwanGuest 5 years ago

    They should be focusing on the back-haul in their busiest markets first!

    • Are you kidding? A company fixing things, rather than being able to claim that their network is the “fastest”, or saying they’re breaking new ground?

    • HaggieGuest 5 years ago

      You beat me to it. Most towers don’t have backhaul to support EXISTING technology and traffic levels.

      Publish the average backhaul capacity of the providers. THAT would be a very interesting number to use for side-by-side comparison.

  3. AntwanGuest 5 years ago

    I think Sprints PCS network would be towards the top. It’s relatively young compared to the other networks (only 16 years old) and was built on 100% fiber optic since the beginning when the Bell companies were still using copper (don’t know if they still use copper. Seems like it).

    T-Mobile would probably hold their own bandwidth wise as well. A really good question is……Which carrier would fold first if all of the US iPhones suddenly shifted over to one of the other major three and started consuming their network resources?

  4. VanceGuest 5 years ago

    Will hardware limitations on current devices prevent access to t-mobile’s HSPA network? I have a Nexus One (in love with it) and will likely swap my Verizon broadband USB device for the t-mobile one when it’s out, but would like to get those speeds on my phone too.

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