AT&T Completes Tower Upgrades To 7.2 Mbps
AT&T has announced that they have completed the upgrades to their 3G cell sites that will bring all of their sites nationwide up to date with the faster 7.2 Mbps data speeds, double that of the current standard for most networks. Users won’t see a change in speeds just yet, however, as they still need to upgrade their backhaul connections for the speed improvements to take effect.
The announcement, which was posted to their PR site late yesterday, is a pretty exciting one. They plan to finish the upgrades to their back-end “over the course of 2010 and 2011.” When this is finished, they promise both faster speeds and improved connectivity. Hopefully this will alleviate some of the problems users have been having.
The deployment of High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 technology across 3G cell sites is the first of multiple initiatives in AT&T’s network enhancement strategy designed to provide customers with the best possible mobile broadband experience, both today and well into the future. After full testing of HSPA 7.2 software, AT&T decided to expedite deployment of this initial upgrade, which will result in a better overall customer experience by generally improving consistency in accessing data sessions. The software upgrade also prepares the network for faster speeds and increases network efficiency.