AT&T Not Rushing Next Generation 4G Network? 3G Will Not Go Quietly...
A few weeks back we mentioned a little blurb about 4G and when we may start to see it. Even though AT&T announced its decision to deploy Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology for its 4G network, they are confident they can get more life from their 3G network by tweaking it, and in doing so give them more time to perfect their future network. (I know what you are thinking... maybe they should have taken more time to perfect their current network!)
Yesterday at the 4G Executive Summit in Chicago, AT&T's VP of Architecture Hank Kafka spoke out and put to rest any perceived urgency on the part of the carrier to push out a 4G network saying:
blockquote> The introduction of the 3G iPhone at AT&T Mobility has made a huge impact in showing people how to use handsets to connect to the Internet, but it’s just the beginning of wireless broadband. Now we’re on the verge of that creativity being unleashed.
Kafka said he’d be surprised if LTE wasn’t available "within five years". And within those 5 years, AT&T “has a lot of runway left with HSPA and HSPA-plus.” We can only hope.
So please, I beg of you, unleash that creativity on us all. I'm sure we are all ready for it.