While iPhone owner’s are still working with the EDGE upgrades that AT&T rolled out to make EDGE-speeds more bearable (and surveys seem to indicate that iPhone owners are happy with the iPhone’s EDGE data speeds), AT&T is preparing to rollout an upgrade to its 3G network. President of AT&T network services, Richard Burns, told Reuters that the company is planning to boost upload speeds on their 3G network by six-times – taking the current 129Kbps upstream limit to 500-800Kbps.
The upgrades are expected to happen in October and November, in response to increased customer demand for higher upload bandwidth. “The ability to upload is becoming more important,” Burns said. “Everybody in the street is becoming a reporter so the desire to be able to upload is growing. That’s become a much bigger part of consumer demand than it was just a few years ago.”
When the iPhone launched on AT&T’s network, the carrier upgraded its EDGE infrastructure to maximize the iPhone’s appeal. Could the No. 1 US carrier be upgrading their 3G infrastructure in light of the AT&T Tilt‘s (aka HTC Kaiser/ TyTn II/P4550) impending launch? Maybe. Maybe not. In either case, faster upload speeds are just a bonus for anyone that will be calling the AT&T Tilt their own.
[Via: Information Week]