AT&T announced today a major expansion of its 3G network. During 2008, the company will expand its 3G wireless broadband service to more than 80 additional cities in the United States. More than 1,500 additional cell sites will be rolled out to accomplish this goal.
By the end of the year, AT&T will be able to offer 3G coverage to almost 350 US markets, including the top 100 cities.
AT&T also plans to complete the rollout of its HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) by the middle of the year, providing download speeds as high as 1,400Kbps and upload speeds up to 800Kbps. The deployment of HSUPA this year is the next step in the evolution of AT&T’s 3G network, with further enhancements and speed boosts expected in the near future. This year’s HSUPA deployment will complete the transition of the AT&T 3G network to High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) standards
Is it a coincidence that a 3G version of the Apple iPhone is expected this year? I think not!