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!

    • 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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