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AT&T Says LTE-Advanced On Tap for 2013

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i still only have 2g edge!

wecivus

Nov 8, 2011, 6:52 PM
I wish Verizon and att and sprint would focus on getting great coverage and 3g (Verizon not included) before the invest billions in 4g advanced!
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Jayshmay

Nov 8, 2011, 7:15 PM
Where is this that you live that ATT doesn't have 3G?
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WiWavelength

Nov 8, 2011, 8:10 PM
Geographically speaking, AT&T lacks 3G across hundreds of thousands of square miles of its coverage area.

Even after six years of deployment, total AT&T W-CDMA overlay still extends to only ~50% of its native footprint. And much of that 3G is padded out with the RCC and ALLTEL coverage in the central and western states that VZW divested to AT&T and that AT&T converted to W-CDMA just earlier this year.

By comparison, VZW and Sprint each have had nearly 100% EV-DO overlay already for several years.

As I said then and maintain now, Cingular made a mistake -- at least from a coverage standpoint -- almost 10 years ago when it decided to transition from TDMA to GSM.

GSM forced Cingular to follow the W-CDMA migration path. And W-CDMA ...
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that1guy

Nov 8, 2011, 8:35 PM
I thought transition from CDMA to LTe required new hardware, so it would be no different from W-CDMA to LTE.
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WiWavelength

Nov 9, 2011, 1:30 PM
that1guy said:
I thought transition from CDMA to LTe required new hardware, so it would be no different from W-CDMA to LTE.


Yes, regardless, LTE requires substantially new hardware. That is part of my point. There is little advantage to transitioning from W-CDMA to LTE, little disadvantage to transitioning from CDMA to LTE. And, compared to GSM/W-CDMA, CDMA has been for many years and still is today the much stronger choice for coverage in the US.

AJ
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eskeebel

Nov 28, 2011, 1:31 PM
WiWavelength said:


And, compared to GSM/W-CDMA, CDMA has been for many years and still is today the much stronger choice for coverage in the US.

AJ


Just curious, do you prefer CDMA to GSM?
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lostandfound

Nov 9, 2011, 9:57 AM
Sir you are the smartest person in this forum. I agree 100% with you. The reason why ATT has some many spectrum problems today is because they decided to go migrate from TDMA to GSM instead of CDMA. In Europe, most carriers implemented WCDMA in the 2100Mhz band, which is exclusively reserved for 3G services. That's not the case for ATT they decided to have a mix of 850/1900 WCDMA... Their network is currently a total mess. That's why they covet T-mobile's spectrum to deploy LTE.
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wecivus

Nov 8, 2011, 8:45 PM
Northern Georgia. I have a Verizon phone as well and drop calls where ATT, Sprint and T-mobile have good service. All im saying is that the big wireless companies need to take care of the basics first.
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that1guy

Nov 8, 2011, 8:39 PM
I agree that all carriers need to get better coverage, but I'd rather AT&T spend their money to expand their LTE coverage, but on a widescale basis instead of getting it only to certain metro areas.

They need to get LTE to all of their native footprint, rural or otherwise.

I believe, however, that the transition from 1xRTT to CDMA-EVDO was easier than from GSM to W-CDMA. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
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