In an effort to remain competitive with faster network offerings from its rival and prior to the carrier’s deployment of its 4G LTE network sometime in 2011, AT&T is looking to upgrade its 3G HSPA network to HSPA+ technologies, which will mostly be software-based rather than hardware-based, to give customers faster download speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps theoretical.
Among its competitors, Sprint has already begun rolling out its 4G network based on WiMax technology rather than LTE and Sprint has already committed to launching the world’s first 4G Android smartphone in the form of the HTC EVO 4G this June 4th at a competitive price with advanced features such as a front-facing camera as well as mobile hotspot capabilities. Verizon Wireless is expected to begin deploying its 4G LTE network later this year and T-Mobile USA is already hard at work to making its 3G HSPA network faster with a faster implementation of HSPA+ than AT&T’s at 21 Mbps.
Unlike its rival T-Mobile in the GSM/HSPA/HSPA+ arena, AT&T will hope to cover a larger population of users–up to 250 million versus 185 million.
The carrier has not given a timeframe for when handsets–feature phones and smartphones–will be released that will be able to take advantage of the carrier’s HSPA+ network upgrade.
(via: Android and Me)