Mobile
News
5/27/2009
03:15 PM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

AT&T Boosts 3G Networks

The carrier will be spending nearly $18 billion to double the speed of its mobile data networks up to 7.2 Mbps.

AT&T said it would be boosting the speed of its mobile data networks, and the announcement could be just in time for a brand new iPhone.

The company is upgrading its network to High Speed Packet Access 7.2 technology, and it will raise theoretical speeds to 7.2 Mbps. AT&T is spending about $18 billion to accomplish this, doubling the spectrum allocated for its 3G network, and the upgrades will begin this year and are expected to be completed by 2011.

"AT&T's network infrastructure gives us a tremendous advantage in that we're able to deliver upgrades in mobile broadband speed and performance with our existing technology platform," said Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility, in a statement. "With the array of smartphones, laptops, and emerging devices taking advantage of AT&T's 3G network today, we know that customers are excited to experience higher mobile broadband speeds, and we are deploying the right technologies at the right times to help them get the most from that experience."

The carrier said it will introduce smartphones capable of using the boosted network later this year, and one of these could be the next-generation iPhone. Apple's touch-screen smartphone has been a hit for AT&T, and it accounted for the bulk of the carrier's new subscribers last quarter. Consumers have made the device a popular handset, but the shoddy 3G reception has led to many complaints and a few lawsuits.

Apple is expected to reveal the next iPhone soon, possibly at June's World Wide Developers Conference. A third-generation iPhone is expected to have increased storage capacity, and would likely be capable of accessing the faster 3G network.


Take part in our survey on regulatory compliance by May 29 and be eligible to win an Apple iPod Touch valued at $299.

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 - August 27, 2014
Who wins in cloud price wars? Short answer: not IT. Enterprises don't want bare-bones IaaS. Providers must focus on support, not undercutting rivals.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
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.