I will have to check
I am trying to get confirmation from AT&T's press spokeswoman in Tennessee. When I first noticed it, I wanted to make sure it wasn't a fluke, but I'm still getting 3G service today.
I've only had AT&T for a week now and I was on Edge and now I'm on HSDPA. I wasn't sure if the Edge signal I was getting before was fluke or something. My phone is saying H+, which I assume is HSDPA+, and I thought was considered 4G. I have an HTC Inspire 4G, but it doesn't support LTE (despite being labeled a 4G phone). HSDPA+ isn't true 4G but I believe is marketed as such.
John, I know you are a fan of TWiT.tv. A couple of weeks ago on twit they had a conversation about HSDPA+ vs LTE. Episode 293, I believe.
Wow. Perhaps we leapfrogged and went straight to the next level! My phone isn't (pseudo)4G capable, so I wouldn't know. I'm still waiting to hear from AT&T.
And thanks for the info, by the way. I was aware that there was some discussion and debate about what constituted "real" 4G, and that some providers were labeling their service as 4G when it didn't meet the technical definition. But I didn't know all the terminology, and I probably missed that episode of TWIT. I'm falling behind on my podcasts because of a play I'm in rehearsals for.
No problem. I'm eager to hear what the rep has to say. I've only had this phone a week so I'm not sure it if it trying to tell me HSDPA or HSDPA+.
I'm normally always behind on my pods :)
I still have not heard directly from the press spokeswoman, but AT&T issued a news release today (and apparently held a press conference in downtown Nashville) about 4G in the Nashville market.
The release states that AT&T will be:
"Deploying upgraded backhaul connections to more than 200 cell sites. Combined with HSPA+ technology, these backhaul deployments enable 4G speeds.
"Upgrading 70 new cell sites for mobile broadband.
Installing Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) in high-traffic areas and facilities, including The Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville. The distributed antenna system provides improved wireless coverage for customers in indoor or outdoor spaces where geographical limitations might otherwise prevent an optimal wireless experience.
"Delivering additional mobile broadband capacity to 241 cell sites in the area through the addition of new layers of frequency, also known as 'carriers.' Adding extra capacity to a cell site is like widening a highway - you're creating more lanes to accommodate increasing traffic.
"Activating 20 new cell sites to improve network coverage and reliability."
Again, no specific word, but presumably the activation of higher-speed service in Shelbyville this week is part of this initiative, although the press release is primarily written in the future tense.
They do also refer to LTE in connection with the T-Mobile merger, claiming that if the merger is approved, it will enable them to provide LTE to 95 percent of the U.S. population, as opposed to 80 percent without.
AT&T has confirmed the upgrade but was short on specifics because they want to do a formal announcement and ribbon-cutting in the near future.
That's good news... Now if only they would expand their DSL coverage. Four year wait and counting!
United Telephone can provide DSL to every customer who has a phone line, and AT&T can't. Here's to hoping!
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