AT&T CEO: Network Upgrades In Progress, Pair-Bonding for Faster DSL & the 3G iPhone

10 thoughts on “AT&T CEO: Network Upgrades In Progress, Pair-Bonding for Faster DSL & the 3G iPhone”

  1. Putting DSL or U-Verse on copper is like putting a vinyl top on a stagecoach in the era of the Space Shuttle. It’s still OLD technology and cannot be sold to those of us that know better.

    AT&T is creating a competitive disadvantage for this country by trying to defend its obsolete business model instead of upgrading the infrastructure to fiber (Verizon has got it right)

    Any stock analyst or other pseudo-expert that thinks AT&T is on the right track has probably invested heavily in foreign markets and companies. This obsolete network infrastructure will not provide a platform for global competitiveness.

    6Mbps? 100Mbps? Right now they should be planning upgrades to 1Gbps universally, not U-Verse’s 6Mbps. As for their 40Gbps that’s good and it better be available to businesses everywhere, not in just a few select sites.

    Where did all the engineering know-how go at AT&T? Oh yeah..check the tanning salons.

  2. The 3G comments from T are bunk!

    Check the previous news articles…AT&T is covers about 150M people…whereas Sprint is well over 220M people and covers many more sq miles. AND, 3G is backwards compatible to EDGE…So, if you aren’t in a 3G network, you will get EDGE…You will always be connected and can make voice calls.

    The real reason why the iphone launched with edge is that a 3G chipset costs significantly more in bill of materials than a edge phone…And since the device is unsubsidized, very few subscribers would pay + $900 for a iphone at launch. And, in a unsubsidized world, cost of the device is very important to achieveing the returns your typically want from other similiar products (iPODs with Gross margins above 50%).

    Anyhow, good coverage OM.

  3. Brian,

    Actually, “3G” (which in AT&T’s case means UMTS/HSDPA over W-CDMA) is not backwards compatible with EDGE (which is a GSM/2G technology). Rather, it requires new hardware both in the device (your cell phone) and in cell towers, which is why it is significantly more expensive to roll out compared to EDGE, which was simply a software upgrade on existing GSM/GPRS hardware. (Interestingly enough, the GSMA “3G” technology used by AT&T and internationally is technically closer to CDMA, the 2G technology in use by Verizon, Sprint, NexTel, AllTel, etc.)

    This means that even though European carriers largely went straight from GPRS to 3G (UMTS/HSDPA/W-CDMA), and for the most part do not support EDGE, doing so was relatively cheap for those “lucky” ones that got selected as the iPhone partner by Apple (O2, Orange, T-Mobile). They simply had to do a software upgrade on their existing cell tower infrastructure.

    You also say that the iPhone is unsubsidized. Not so. AT&T pays Apple 10% of their revenues (not even net profits) from iPhone subscribers for the duration of their contract. O2 (in the UK) coughs up 40% of their revenue. And because the iPhone is not available unlocked (yet), the there is not really any “unsubsidized” price to compare against (this will change with the French release in December, where it will be available unlocked, albeit for a higher price).

    Finally, 3G hardware is not as expensive as you indicate. For instance, an unbranded, unlocked OEM version of the Motorola RAZR v3xx (which has a W-CDMA chipset capable of both 850/1900 MHz for North America and 2100 MHz for Europe/Asia) can be had for $279 or so on the Motorola site — not significantly more than any non-3G version of the RAZR. Steve’s beef with 3G was merely that the existing chipsets drain too much power out of the battery, which of course is not all that great in the iPhone. (Also, I think that given his marketing savvy, he probably figures that if the iPhone DID support 3G, people living where 3G is not available would feel that they did not get their money’s worth in buying one. Smart guy, this way…)

  4. Is anyone aware that ATT has created utter chaos on its Worldnet ISP by implementing “new and exciting” features and changes to existing features early Sunday morning, 10/21/07

    I’m not talking about a few problems here or there.

    I’m talking about major problems everywhere.

    Email was lost, email is being bounced when it should not be,. Pages don’t work or load properly – the list of bugs and mistakes is a very long one.

    Go to the ATT newsgroups, a list is at http://help.att.net/care/index/newsgroups_list.html?platform=none

    Look all of the newsgroups and you’ll see hundreds of messages from customers about the disaster ATT created when they implemented their changes.

  5. I think it stinks when your are told by an at&t tach when signing up for dsl service that the price for internet will be $19.99 a month as long as you have the service and then 8 months later the price gos to $25.00 so what the tech’s can just lye to us now and get away with it what a bunch of crap.

  6. AT&T is laying off people, but ask them how much they are going to spend on their CEO trip to Cabo San Lucas in March? Ask them why favorites go and real qualified employees are overlooked?

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