[LINK] AT&T plans 3G 7.2-500+ mb/sec
stil at stilgherrian.com
Fri May 29 05:51:29 AEST 2009
On 28/05/2009, at 10:39 PM, stephen at melbpc.org.au quoted some PR fluff:
> Carlsbad, CA - AT&T announced moves Wednesday that could double the
> speeds of its wireless technology.
> The second-largest U.S. telecommunications company announced at the
> Things Digital conference here that it will upgrade to High Speed
> Access (HSPA) 7.2 wireless technology by the end of the year.
> The upgrade could deliver downloads at a speed of 7.2 megabytes per
> second, compared to the current 3.6 megabytes per second.
Erm, and Telstra's Next G has been using this technology from its very
inception in October 2006. During my trial, I was getting consistent
download speeds above 6Mb/s from a network rated 14Mb/s in inner
Sydney, and that was on HSUPA (optimised for upload) rather than HSDPA
(optimised for download). Next G now advertises 21Mb/sec download, and
plans to increase the speed up to 42Mbit/s in 2009.
(The Wikipedia entry would appear to be out of date in terms of what's
available in terms of modems.)
This announcement is purely about what AT&T's network is capable of,
not what mobile broadband technology is in production.
> Current devices cannot make use of the faster speed, but AT&T said
> and 3G laptop cards that can are under development, according to
Ditto. I don't know what they mean about the cards etc being "under
development", 'cos you can but them off the shelf from a variety of
card and handset makers.
Disclosure: Telstra provided Next G for free during my trial period.
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