AT&T extends 3G deployments, backs LTE for 4G

AT&T announced plans to extend its deployment of 3G in the U.S. The WCDMA/HSDPA operator said its 2008 deployment plans include building out service to more than 80 additional cities, which will result in AT&T 3G service in 350 top U.S. markets by the end of this year. The move calls for more than 1,500 additional cell sites nationwide, which is good news for vendors complaining about the lack of growth in the U.S. market.

Other plans in 2008 include completion of the nation's first High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA)-enabled network by the middle of the year. Not surprisingly, the operator announced plans to deploy LTE as its 4G standard.

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