AT&T's (NYSE:T) 4G promo page now details exactly where the company's HSPA+ service, or what it calls 4G, is available.
Paul Kapustka at Sidecut Reports made the discovery on AT&T's web site. The map shows HSPA+ being live in several large cities that include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas and Boston. Technically speaking, HSPA+ has been available in all of AT&T's markets, but the backhaul hasn't been in place to support the higher speeds. Apparently these markets now have the necessary backhaul.
The move comes after AT&T launched the HTC Inspire, which is dubbed as the operator's first 4G phone, last month. AT&T's map, located on the "where is 4G FAQ page," shows live markets when a user runs a cursor over them.
Sidecut Reports ran the cursor map and discovered these markets now have HSPA+ available:
- San Francisco (including north to Santa Rosa)
- Dallas/Fort Worth
- Providence, R.I.
- Charlotte, N.C.
- Buffalo, N.Y.
- Puerto Rico
In January AT&T said it has completed its deployment of HSPA+ to virtually 100 percent of its mobile broadband network and that it was rapidly expanding Ethernet and fiber to cell sites nationwide--adding new cell sites weekly--and by year-end, expects that nearly two-thirds of its mobile broadband traffic will be on expanded backhaul.
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