AT&T Says LTE-Advanced On Tap for 2013
i still only have 2g edge!
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 ...
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.
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.
Just curious, do you prefer CDMA to GSM?
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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