AT&T plans to Double 3G Speeds by 2011 (May 27, 2009) — AT&T has announced plans to double the speed of its wireless broadband network by 2011.

att1It plans to upgrade its network to High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 3G wireless technology topping out at 7.2 Mbps, double the current UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) network speed of 3.6 Mbps.

AT&T has also announced that the move to HSPA will allow it to begin testing its LTE technology for an initial deployment in 2011.

LTE which Verizon has also adopted, is a 4G technology that promises peak download speeds of at least 50Mbps.

In addition, AT&T also plans to expand coverage of the GSM 850 band, deploy 2,100 new cell sites across the country, and add 20 new 3G markets for a total of 370.

The carrier also promised to increase Wi-Fi coverage so that smartphone and laptop cards will be able to switch seamlessly between Wi-Fi and the cellular network.

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