AT&T to complete HSPA network by end of June


AT&T announced today that it will complete the deployment of its HSPA network by the end of June. In the next month, the company will deploy HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) to the last six markets that still do not have it. Complementing its HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) download technology (with speeds reaching up to 1.4Mbps), HSUPA will give AT&T customers upload speeds ranging between 500 and 800Kbps.

By the end of June, AT&T will offer full 3G connectivity across some 275 markets and plans to increase that to 350 by the end of the year.

AT&T also announced plans to move to HSPA+ later on and, later on, upgrade to LTE (4G connectivity).

It’s probably not a coincidence that around the time that AT&T completes its last deployments in June, Apple will have most likely released its 3G iPhone. AT&T also boasts that more than 75 percent of the mobile devices it currently offers are 3G-capable.

You can check to see whether AT&T will offer 3G in your area using this list of cities covered.

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