It looks like that lady in the pink dress teasing AT&T in the T-Mobile commercials, is going to have to pipe down a bit. AT&T has announced massive advancements to their network.
AT&T is the only U.S. company committed to delivering 4G using both HSPA+ and LTE technologies – providing a faster and more consistent experience for customers. The company announced plans today to accelerate its LTE network build, to be largely complete by year end 2013; AT&T plans to begin its launch of LTE service in mid 2011. Additionally, the company said it has completed its deployment of HSPA+ to virtually 100 percent of its mobile broadband network which enables 4G speeds when combined with Ethernet or fiber back-haul.
The company is rapidly expanding Ethernet and fiber to cell sites nationwide — adding new cell sites weekly — and by yearend, expects that nearly two-thirds of its mobile broadband traffic will be on expanded backhaul. Today, AT&T is already seeing 4G speeds on its existing HSPA+ network with enhanced backhaul in areas of key markets. In these areas, AT&T is seeing network speeds up to approximately 6 Mbps, and expects these speeds will increase as it accelerates its LTE build and further deploys expanded backhaul.
Sounds like good news for us iPhone users. In addition, they also plan on “investing $70 million with others to build three innovation centers in Dallas, Silicon Valley and near Tel Aviv to improve project cycle time by 3x. AT&T is also renewing its commitment to “Apps for All” by utilizing Brew Mobile Platform on all new Quick Messaging Phones, including the HTC Freestyle launching this February. Additionally, the company plans for a March Beta program for an HTML5 development toolkit for AT&T devices.
Also today, the company announced three enterprise applications now available on Android, its selection of MedApps, a wireless patient monitoring system developer, as a new service in its AT&T ForHealth portfolio, and the upcoming cloud-based location information services offer.