AT&T to use 700MHz spectrum for high-speed 4G LTE network
When the FCC’s auction for pieces of the 700MHz spectrum was over, AT&T came out as one of the big spenders/winners.
So what do they plan to do with it?
Set a new 4G LTE network.
Ralph dl la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility, made the announcement today but don’t expect to see it anytime soon. Beginning in February of 2009 the spectrum will be available for use, but we shouldn’t expect to see widespread commercial deployment until around the year 2012.
The 4G would certainly be nice to see sooner than that, but don’t give up 3G just yet. Next year AT&T has plans to double their 3G speeds up to 7.2Mbps downstream which should keep a lot of us more or less happy until 4G comes hits (assuming you’ll have 3G coverage where you work and play, of course).