Mobile
News
6/24/2008
03:12 PM
50%
50%

Alltel Upgrades 3G Network

With the Verizon Wireless deal on the horizon, Alltel will increase upload speeds and expand its 3G network.

Alltel Wireless announced Monday it will upgrade and expand its wireless broadband network.

The company will upgrade its 3G EVDO network from Revision 0 to Revision A, potentially enabling customers to upload files 5 to 10 times faster than before.

Existing Alltel 3G customers have upload speeds on average of 50 to 70 Kbps, with bursts up to 144 Kbps. With Rev. A, users will have an average upload speed of 500-800 Kbps, with bursts up to 1.8 Mbps.

The increased uplink speed and Rev. A's low latency creates the potential for Alltel to enable features such as push-to-talk over VoIP, and video conferencing on future devices.

Download speeds will also increase from a maximum of 2.4 Mbps on the old network to 3.1 Mbps on the enhanced network.

"Rev. A is the next step in Alltel's commitment to provide our customers with the fast wireless broadband service they have come to expect in their business and personal lives," said Jeff Fox, CEO of Alltel, in a statement.

The company said it plans an initial rollout of the enhanced 3G network to 18 market areas that will cover dozens of cities, including Charlotte, N.C., New Orleans, and Phoenix. Additionally, Alltel said it will increase its existing EVDO network.

Alltel, which has the largest geographical coverage of any of the U.S. mobile operators, currently has 3G coverage in 76% of its wireless footprint. That will expand to 82% by the end of 2008, the company said.

The expected upgrade also puts portions of Alltel's network in line with the 3G network of Verizon Wireless, which announced this month plans to purchase Alltel for $28 billion.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
InformationWeek Elite 100
InformationWeek Elite 100
Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Dec. 9, 2014
Apps will make or break the tablet as a work device, but don't shortchange critical factors related to hardware, security, peripherals, and integration.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of December 14, 2014. Be here for the show and for the incredible Friday Afternoon Conversation that runs beside the program.
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.