AT&T Details Pledge to Improve NYC and SF Coverage
During today's earnings call, AT&T explained what it is doing to improve its services in the New York City and San Francisco markets. Both metro regions, AT&T admits, are performing under what it calls its performance objective. The island of Manhattan, in particular, is far below AT&T's performance goals. In order to improve performance, AT&T is adding cell sites and deploying ethernet to its cell sites to improve network backhaul capabilities. AT&T claims that the percentage of dropped calls was reduced, and that the "3G Voice Composite Quality Index" rose consistently in both markets during the fourth quarter of 2009. AT&T said it is working "aggressively" on these network improvements and that customers should notice them over the course of the next 90 days.
T-Mobile to Bulk Up LTE Network with 4x2 MIMO
T-Mobile is prepared to strengthen its LTE 4G network by doubling the number of antennas on its base stations in select markets. T-Mobile's network currently uses a 2x2 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) configuration.
Sprint Doubles LTE Plus Footprint
Sprint today said it has doubled the availability of its LTE Plus coverage from 77 markets in November to more than 150 markets today. Some of the new markets include Boulder, Colo., West Palm Beach, Fla., Cleveland, Ohio, and Syracuse, N.Y.
Verizon, Samsung Offer Small Cell for Improved In-Home Coverage
Verizon Wireless today announced the 4G LTE Network Extender for homes and small businesses. The small box provides LTE coverage in buildings up to about 7,500 square feet, including services such as HD Voice and high-speed data.
Sprint Says It Has Improved NYC Network Performance
Sprint today talked up coverage improvements it has made across New York City. For example, using two-channel carrier aggregation Sprint has doubled the download speeds and capacity of its 2.5 GHz cell sites around the metropolitan area.
WeBoost, SureCall Roll Out In-Home Signal Boosters
WeBoost and SureCall both used CES as an opportunity to show off new cell signal boosters. Both products work in a similar fashion: they collect cell signals from nearby cell towers, amplify them, and rebroadcast them within the home to improve coverage and signal strength.
If ATT -tested- their network like Verizon does these sorts of problems could've been fixed a long t
Just an over all more aggressive company with it's network would be be nice.
1) AT&T handles something like 80-90% of ALL mobile data on their networks, way more than Verizon Wireless. On top of that, something like 80% of all mobile traffic on the internet originating from the USA...
If true, good news
The simple truth is that as AT&T gets stronger, it forces VZW and other carriers to ratchet up their game and offerings.
They picked up a ton of markets from divested VZW and Alltel. Almost all of North Dakota (along with a ton of other market...
It's all about perception. They are never going to have the reputation that Verizon has, but at least now they appear to be doing something.
Verizon is at least 1yr ahead of ATT w/4G, and Sprint/Clearwire is at least 2yrs ahead of ATT w/4G.
ATT's CEO & CTO are full of procrastination, and lack vision.
Landline will become the big push again and then it will still suck. NYC and SF are only 2 areas in the US. Good luck at&t with the rest of everything and getting stomped by everyone's else 4G network.