AT&T Plans Fast 4G Wireless Rollout

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  1. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

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    AT&T Plans Fast 4G Wireless Rollout

    http://www.informationweek.com/news/mobility/3G/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=207001878

    Now everyone can start a thousand threads about when 4G will come to the iPhone :)

    It does make specific mention of Android for use in phones.

    It also says:

     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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  3. JML42691 macrumors 68020

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    If they will follow through with this very soon, might Apple just wait a little bit and skip right to 4G, instead of doing 3G?
     
  4. 3247 macrumors regular

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    LTE is just the next speed update to UMTS after HSDPA/HSUPA. No new features (such as video calls, Internet during phone calls, etc.)

    Do your really need more than 7.2 Mbit/s (HSDPA) for a mobile phone? A phone that only has 32 GB memory?
     
  5. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030

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    yeah i really don't see this being relevant for at least another year if not longer, so i don't think people waiting to buy a 3g iphone have anything to worry about
     
  6. spikefood macrumors regular

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    Was mentioned by ATT that 4G won't really be widely spread until 2010+.
     
  7. avaloncourt thread starter macrumors 65816

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    The very last line says:

    I'll be amazed if AT&T can put 3G in nearly every US market by year end. They must have one heck of a rollout plan ahead of them and a huge investment to do so. I'd like to know what constutes the maximum number of markets for AT&T. At the beginning of 2006 Sprint claimed 110 markets with 150 million population. 350 markets must be nearly all of AT&T's served areas.

    I'm particularly curious about the comment:

    Is a changeover to LTE considered a worldwide aspiration or will this be US-centric once again. Wikipedia says that LTE isn't really another generational marker but rather just an enhancement to what exists already.

    The 700MHz utilization will be a huge step for end users. We won't be affected nearly as much by the typical steel environmental factors which will make our calls much more reliable and data throughput far more stable.
     
  8. avaloncourt thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It won't be a 'very soon' thing. As the article states, AT&T is planning completion of 3G in 350 US markets by the year's end. That will stabilize them for a while and allow them to figure out LTE.
     
  9. 3247 macrumors regular

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    Well, let's see. The organisational partners of 3GPP, who specify LTE, are:
    • ARIB (Association of Radio Industries and Businesses, Japan)
    • ETSI (European Telecommunication Standards Institute)
    • ATIS (Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions, USA)
    • TTA (Telecommunications Technology Association, Korea)
    • TTC (Telecommunications Technology Committee, Japan)
     
  10. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Haven't checked for anyone else, but Verizon, its parent Vodafone, and ATT have all said they plan on moving to LTE. Nokia said they'd make phones for it.
     
  11. Matti macrumors regular

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    LTE is the next GSM platform ("4G gsm"). Europe will adopt it.

    Absolutely every manufacturer out there will make phones for it.
     

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