AT&T says it plans to boost the speed of its 3G wireless network to speeds of 20 megabits per second in 2009, paving the way for over-the-air downloads that are more than five times faster than what customers can achieve today.

The company’s mobility chief Ralph de la Vega said engineers already have a version of AT&T’s HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) 3G network up and running in the labs at speeds of 7.2 megabits per second, or approximately double the theoretical throughput of its existing network.

“It’s clear to us that we are in the very early stages of what I would call a wireless data revolution,” he said.

AT&T plans to transition to HSPA release 7 sometime in 2009, which will deliver even bigger speeds “exceeding 20 megabits per second,” according to the executive. He said the upgrade will require few if any hardware modifications to the company’s infrastructure and will instead be a smooth transition achieved largely through a software upgrade to its electronics.

I don’t care if it’s 47ZZ. Offer me bigger pipes – affordable – I’m first in line.

  1. Sea Lawyer says:

    Unfortunately, 3G is not yet available in my area. Which is why I’m not disappointed that the my current iPhone is EDGE only.

  2. jasmoran66 says:

    Looking for bigger pipes, are you?

  3. Said says:

    #1 – You can’t find an open access point? iPhone has a great Stumbler.

  4. KwadGuy says:

    Great…faster 3G speeds when you can get 3G reception on your AT&T phone. Too bad that (at least in the Boston area) places that you can get 3G reception are like pimples on the otherwise crap reception landscape. There are probably as many no reception at all pimples as 3G spots, too.

  5. Thomas says:

    Why is it that only the death star is doing this? Further, why can’t I get 20mpbs to my house. Hell, I’d even be happy with half that to my house. It’s ridiculous that my cell phone might soon have faster internet access than what I can get to my house.

  6. hhopper says:

    Move to the Tampa Bay area. I get 20mbs from BrightHouse cable. Now Verizon is installing Fios. It’ll be interesting to see what they offer. It’s great to have more than one cable company.

  7. James Hill says:

    Does this mean I’ll be using AT&T as my home broadband provider if cable can’t match that speed, or FIOS doesn’t come to my curb?

    Makes the move of dropping their cable business in ’02 pretty damn smart.

  8. When I see such levels of service I will believe it
    Its like car dealers – they promise everything but wait for checkout and your bill
    They may give you all this great service and then throttle your bandwidth for torrents or give you very small allocations for bandwidth transfers interrupted all the time – to prevent torrent downloads – but interfere with everything else imporant
    fun and games at the hotel

  9. Brian says:


    They should throttle back torrent users. If you want to use 100’s of gb of transfers, do it on your landline. I get sick and tired of these torrent users complaining about caps, when they’re saving hundreds if not thousands of dollars with their illegal downloads.

    As far as the story goes, it just proves AT&T is indeed america’s leader in wireless. While verizon stumbles through their 4G auction and their EV-DO service is spotty at best, AT&T has hit the sweet spot with the iPhone, GSM (i.e. worldwide coverage), and the best coverage.

  10. Dallas says:

    This it totally bogus. Real world results are most often 40% or so of “lab results”. And that is on a clear day and not in a congested period like rush hour.

  11. JimD says:

    US “Broadband” – Still SLOW AND EXPENSIVE compared to anywhere else in the world !!! The Telco Monopolists continue to STRANGLE THE DIGITAL ECONOMY !!!

  12. Brian says:


    So you were there for the tests and can say with certainty these results are not obtainable in the field, or are you simply making up arguments for the sake of arguing?

    I’m going to go with the latter.


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