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AT&T Announces HSPA 7.2 Deployment

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Sep 9, 2009, 8:15 AM   by Rich Brome

AT&T today announced specific plans for upgrading its 3G network to provide double the current data speeds. HSPA 7.2 will be deployed in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami by the end of the year. By the end of 2010, the company will have upgraded 25 of the top 30 markets, and 90 percent of its 3G network area by the end of 2011. AT&T is simultaneously upgrading the backhaul connections at each tower location, providing each tower with faster data connections to the network and the Internet, sufficient to support not only HSPA 7.2 but even faster LTE technology in the future. The company expects to have six HSPA 7.2-compatible smartphones available by the end of the year, (already available are the iPhone 3GS and HTC Fuze,) as well as two new laptop data cards.



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Sep 9, 2009, 9:50 AM

How come...

...when these upgrade announcements come out they never mention the tri-state area (NY,NJ,CT). Isn't the Tri-state area one of the most densely populated areas in the US? Charlotte is pretty sparse compared to the other cities mentioned.

I guess my question is: Why Charlotte? and not Phoenix, or Philadelphia which have higher populations?
Good qustion indeed, espescially the tri-state, there's gotta be at least 14 million or so people around the 5 boroughs, Jersey, and southern Ct, that 14 million was just a guess.
Plus all the 10s of thousands of travelers daily & weekly through the ...
I suspect that the NY area is still getting 'fixed' for 3g 850 in many areas.

L.A. Metro (+15 million) has had its 3G 850 up for ~5-6months now in the downtown, and since last fall in the valleys.

I can't speak for other areas.

Sep 9, 2009, 9:28 AM

Damn it Las Vegas is missing!

Damn it Las Vegas is missing from the before tge end of the year list. Well this is all very exciting AT&T news today, I guess everybody is too busy discussing the A-List headline to notice this.
i might just go disneyland and universal to test hspa 7.2! haha
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