[network world] AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega today touted his 3G network's speeds and vowed that the company would continue to improve it until the carrier was ready to transition to 4G technology.
AT&T's 3G network, which has been under assault from rival Verizon for major urban area coverage in the United States, was given a boost this week when an independent study from network performance monitoring start-up Root Wireless showed that in areas where AT&T has 3G wireless coverage it is faster than any of the other major U.S. carriers. De la Vega touted the study during his presentation at UBS Global Media and Communications Conference today and pledged that the company was working hard to make the network faster in the near future.
In particular, De la Vega said AT&T's transition to High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 technology will give a significant boost to its 3G data services that will hold customers over until the company switches over to the 4G Long Term Evolution standard sometime in the next couple of years. AT&T said earlier this year that it plans to have HSPA 7.2 up and running in Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Miami and Charlotte by year-end and to have HSPA 7.2 cover 90% of its 3G network by the end of 2011. De la Vega also said that the network would get a boost when AT&T had finished converting its licensed spectrum on the 850MHz band for 3G use.
AT&T wireless chief defends 3G network