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AT&T Boosts 3G Data Speeds - Outlines LTE Upgrade Path

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AT&T has announced plans to upgrade its 3G network, with HSPA upgrades to support peak download speeds of 7.2Mbps slated to begin later this year, and completion expected in 2011. AT&T also plans to begin LTE trials in 2010, with deployment beginning in 2011.

In addition to the planned speed upgrade, AT&T is enhancing its mobile broadband coverage by nearly doubling the wireless spectrum dedicated to 3G in most metropolitan areas to deliver stronger in-building reception and more overall network capacity. Also, AT&T is adding thousands of new cell site backhaul connections to support the higher mobile broadband speeds enabled by HSPA 7.2 and LTE.

AT&Ts network infrastructure gives us a tremendous advantage in that were able to deliver upgrades in mobile broadband speed and performance with our existing technology platform, said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. With the array of smartphones, laptops and emerging devices taking advantage of AT&Ts 3G network today, we know that customers are excited to experience higher mobile broadband speeds, and we are deploying the right technologies at the right times to help them get the most from that experience.

AT&Ts 3G mobile broadband network is now available in nearly 350 U.S. major metropolitan areas, with about 20 additional metro areas planned for deployment in 2009.

The network operator is also adding fiber-optic connectivity and additional capacity to thousands of cell sites across the country this year, expanding the critical connections that deliver traffic from a cell site into the global IP backbone network. These upgrades will support the higher mobile broadband speeds enabled by both HSPA 7.2 and LTE.

Capital investment for these projects fits within AT&Ts previously outlined expectation of total capital expenditures for 2009, targeted toward the USD17 billion to USD18 billion range.

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