AT&T to upgrade network with HSPA+

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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. GTB