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Saturday, 30 January 2010

AT&T Adds More Network for iPad and iPhone

AT&T is already faced with numerous complaints of poor or slow data bandwidth from business users and consumers alike, particularly in metropolitan regions like New York and San Francisco where iPhone use is exceptionally heavy. Judging by the maps in the Verizon ads, if you venture outside of those urban areas you might be lucky to find a 3G connection at all.

I predicted that the addition of the iPad, a device more dedicated to data consumption than its iPhone cousin, could be the straw that breaks the proverbial camel's back and bring AT&T's network to its knees. However, AT&T addressed many of those concerns on its quarterly earnings call on Thursday.

It was revealed on the call that AT&T has twice as many smartphone users as its nearest competitor, and that AT&T has experienced a 5,000 percent spike in broadband data consumption since introducing the iPhone. The explosive growth in data demand was both unprecedented and unexpected, and could explain some of the challenges the AT&T network has faced. Source: PCWorld

EDITOR'S NOTE: During the recent 2010 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, cellular service on the AT&T network was non-existant and calls were either dropped or never went through at all.


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