AT&T Download speed and network reliability have taken a tremendous
According to a recent test conducted in December 2009 and January 2010
by PCWorld, AT&Tís 3G network download speed has increased by 74%.
PCWorld indicates that AT&Tís 3G network is about 61% faster than
Verizonís network and 77% faster than Sprintís network.
AT&Tís network reliability has also risen significantly to 94%
compared to only 68% based on prior results. According to the PCWorld
tests, AT&Tís reliability is 2% greater than Verizon and about
comparable to Sprint.
Improvements in AT&Tís network have come as a result of capital
expenditures that have risen since the introduction of the iPhone in
Rapid Rise in Capital Expenditures
AT&Tís mobile capital expenditures have increased from $4 billion in
2007 (15% of mobile gross profits) to $5.9 billion in 2009 (18% of
mobile gross profits). Mobile capital expenditures constituted 34% of
all of AT&Tís capital expenditures in 2009, up from about 23% in
2007. We expect that AT&Tís mobile capital expenditures will continue
to rise to 22% of mobile gross profits (45% of total capital
expenditures) by the end of our forecast period.
New Investments for Smartphones
AT&T has been upgrading its 3G network by deploying HSPA 7.2
technology to enable faster speeds and increase network efficiency.
This is likely to make the 3G network twice as fast after the full
network upgrade is complete.
That is more than twice as fast as Verizon's old creaky CDMA 3G
Can you now see why AT&T 3G for most is a better deal?