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AT&T to upgrade network with HSPA+
17 May 2010
AT&T plans to introduce HSPA+ in the US later in 2010, competing with T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and Clearwire
AT&T will upgrade its mobile network to offer a higher
speed mobile data service by the end of 2010.
The HSPA+ technology will allow the US company to compete with
Deutsche Telekom’s US mobile unit, T-Mobile USA,
which has already started deploying HSPA+.
At the same time Verizon Wireless is planning to launch LTE
services across the US later this year and Clearwire is rolling
out fast WiMax services.
John Stankey, CEO of AT&T Operations, also said AT&T
would test new residential broadband services this summer. The
services will more than triple the speed of the fastest service
it offers on its U-verse fibre-optic network.
The broadband trial will support download speeds of up to 80
megabits per second, faster than the 24 mbps it offers under
its current Max Turbo broadband plan and above the 50 mbps FiOS
internet service offered by Verizon Communications.
Stankey added AT&T plans to have the 3.5G standard
available to 250 million Americans by the end of the year.