AT&T has aggressively building out it’s quite speedy 3G network and now just made it better.
How do you make a blazing-fast 3G (third-generation) mobile broadband network even better? You make it faster. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced a more than 20 percent increase to the top end of the company’s typical 3G network downlink speed range and a 50 percent increase to the top end of the typical uplink speed range for wireless laptop card customers. The upgrades are results of recent network enhancements, including the deployment of High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) technology across all existing 3G markets before the end of June.
Translation: Downlink speeds will now be between 700 Kbps (kilobits per second) and 1.7 Mbps (used to be 600 Kbps to 1.4 Mbps) and Uplink speeds will now be between 500 Kbps and 1.2 Mbps (Used to be 500 to 800 Kbps). AT&T also promises more speed in the not to distant future. Could this be the tipping point to slowly give cable companies a run for their money? Too bad AT&T has a 5GB cap, with the new speeds reaching 5GB will be much easier.