AT&T rolls out 4G network | The Columbus Dispatch

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Central Ohio became a 4G site yesterday, with AT&T Ohio officials announcing the arrival of the high-speed wireless network to Columbus and surrounding communities.
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mlw

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Don't know why they are calling it 4G. Sysrem falls short of what 4G is specified to do. Obviously 4G is just a marketing term .
DRB

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So Verizon, T-Mobile and Clearwire/Sprint all have 4G networks in Columbus and have been on air for anywhere between 1 month and 4 months, but that is not a big deal? I guess only when ATT sends out a press release does anything actually get noticed. ATT's network is HSPA 7.2 which is slower than any of the other 3 networks. And wow, 60 sites??? Hmm, that's less than half of what Verizon and T-Mobile and Clearwire have. If this is such a big deal, why did The Dispatch not make this type of annoucement when the other companies launched their "4G" networks.

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Canal Winchester, OH

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Feb 19, 2011
 
The big question?
Do they want to build a pricing structure and an equipment structure that is usable to the real world?
Cell/Smart phones aren't being designed to replace the advantages of the landline phone. They could be.
It looks as if marketing and the techies have their focus on something other than what the consumer really needs. The consumer doesn't use the "WOW" factor. They use communications - convenient and flexible.
Cell/Smart phones don't fill the convenient and flexible requirement.
Sam

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Meh, Clear, Verizon, Sprint, & T-Mobile have had their '4G' networks in Columbus for a bit now. And unlike T-Mobile & AT&T's '4G' network that is really just a slight upgrade of current technology, Clear & Verizon's '4G' are entirely new technologies (WiMax & LTE respectively), and are both faster than HSPA+(AT&Ts & T-Mobile's '4G'). Sprint uses Clear's network.

So, if VZW, Sprint, & T-Mo have already been serving Columbus with '4G', that makes AT&T last in the game to rollout '4G'.
josh7234

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Feb 19, 2011
 
this 4g thing att is deploying is that there hspa+ or is the lte because hspa+ isnt really 4g,while lte isnt either its much closer and a software upgrade to lte can turn it into lte advanced thus supposedly being 4g
Linda

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Remember Corona Mass Ejection.
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Feb 19, 2011
 
Verizon puts 5.5 billion a year into its network annually.
HATEATT

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Feb 19, 2011
 
ATT 3G is junk - 4G? Really?
line up kiddies

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Faster, smarter identity theft! LOL
Obozo the Clown

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Feb 19, 2011
 
AT&T is the devil.
Glass House

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Feb 28, 2011
 
Sam wrote:
Meh, Clear, Verizon, Sprint, & T-Mobile have had their '4G' networks in Columbus for a bit now. And unlike T-Mobile & AT&T's '4G' network that is really just a slight upgrade of current technology, Clear & Verizon's '4G' are entirely new technologies (WiMax & LTE respectively), and are both faster than HSPA+(AT&Ts & T-Mobile's '4G'). Sprint uses Clear's network.
So, if VZW, Sprint, & T-Mo have already been serving Columbus with '4G', that makes AT&T last in the game to rollout '4G'.
Yes, Verizon is immediately going to LTE, but currently have no phone available that can utilize it. So with no phone, doesn't that make Verizon the last to the 4G game?

AT&T is on a migration plan from HSPA+ to LTE which is software only changes in their network. AT&T LTE rollout is also occurring in 2011. T-mobile has no HSPA+ migration to LTE scheduled, but will eventually transition to LTE as well. However, T-Mobile's plans for using HSPA+ will also make speeds competitive to LTE.

The "slight upgrade" is more of a comparison of the past CDMA technologies that Sprint and Verizon used and had to abandon to become competitive in the high speed wireless market. HSPA, HSPA+, LTE are more of a steady migration path so the huge upgrade isn't necessary with AT&T and T-Mobile.
The Informed

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Feb 28, 2011
 
mlw wrote:
Don't know why they are calling it 4G. Sysrem falls short of what 4G is specified to do. Obviously 4G is just a marketing term .
They are calling it 4g because it is substantially faster and can be built upon to meet the IEEE standard for 4G. Every technology out there is falls short of 4g. True 4G is at least a year or 2 away.
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Feb 28, 2011
 
Well I put mine on edge, from 3G and get better service . Even better than wifi occasionally

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