May 21st 2008
By Mike Flaminio
AT&T has announced that, in the next month, the company will deploy High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) technology in the six remaining markets across AT&T's entire 3G (third-generation) wireless broadband network. Today the AT&T 3G network is available in more than 275 markets and by year's end it will be available in nearly 350 markets.
"The ability to quickly upload large files from a laptop is no longer a luxury--it's a necessity," said Kris Rinne, senior vice president, architecture and planning. "By fully deploying HSUPA across our 3G footprint, we not only meet the current needs of our customers but also lay the path for our continued evolution to even faster wireless broadband capabilities."
With the new addition of HSUPA technology, AT&T 3G users can enjoy uplink speeds between 500 and 800 Kbps. The technology is available in all but the few remaining AT&T 3G markets and will be included in all future deployments. The new upload speeds complement AT&T's 3G download capabilities, which currently offer up to 1.4 Mbps across all markets for customers who have capable devices.
Editor's note: Just in time for the launch of the 3G iPhone. Or, should that read, the 3G iPhone arrives just in time?