AT&T is making a huge upgrade to its network this year by boosting its data speeds. AT&T president and CEO John Stankey recently announced in New York that the network will get the bump to HSPA+, which has a theoretical maximum download speed of 14.4Mbps for AT&T. The company’s plan is to cover 250 million people by the end of the year.
The good news is that users should see some big improvements in data speeds, especially those using 7.2Mbps-capable devices like the iPhone 3GS, but currently aren’t in those areas. Will more coverage and faster speeds finally allow AT&T to leave its shoddy reputation behind? And how will it stack up against T-Mobile’s HSPA+ plans and Sprint’s WiMax efforts? Meanwhile Verizon is conducting tests for its coming LTE network and initial results look promising. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see, but we certainly are keeping our hopes up.