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Emerging Devices for Mobile Broadband

Learn about new emerging devices and technologies using AT&T's mobile broadband.

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  • Overview

    Mobile broadband is on the brink of exploding. Industry analysts predict that enabling consumer electronics and machine-to-machine devices with wireless connectivity will drive consumer demand and industry innovation. At the same time, these emerging devices will define the competitive environment in the United States for the next 10 years.

    Mobile broadband and the emerging devices it enables extend beyond the traditional handset and SmartPhone. Virtually any electronic device can be wirelessly enabled. We're talking about personal navigation devices, digital cameras and photo frames, e-readers, and mobile Internet devices. And on the enterprise side, applications from security monitoring systems, healthcare tracking and logistics systems all benefit from wireless connectivity.

    We took the lead on emerging technologies through our role in introducing Apple's iPhone. This device has shown the world the enormous appetite for mobile broadband connectivity and the possibilities that exist in bringing that connection to the palm of your hand.

    Mobile broadband also is driving these new categories of devices and applications, both for consumers and businesses. We've already taken the lead in wirelessly empowering a variety of netbooks and laptops for consumers as well as services for the enterprise category, including devices for major package delivery companies to wirelessly enable their fleets. And we're just getting started.

    No matter how you measure success, we have it covered. Our powerful and robust networks deliver a seamless customer experience. Our distribution channels are unmatched. And we offer speed and flexibility to meet the needs of the developers building emerging devices.

    Learn more about AT&T's Emerging Devices and why no one else can match our expertise and leadership.

  • Emerging Network

    Network — Footprint

    • AT&T offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, with voice coverage in more than 220 countries and wireless data coverage in more than 195 countries for laptops, PDAs and other data services and mobile broadband service in more than 120 countries.
    • AT&T's domestic digital voice and data network covers nearly 80 percent of the U.S. population.
    • AT&T offers to its customers a nationwide GSM/GPRS footprint across nearly 97 percent of its service area. GSM is the world's most popular wireless phone technology, used by more than 3.8 billion people (more than 88 percent of all wireless users) in 200-plus countries.
    • AT&T also offers wireless service on more than 135 cruise ships worldwide.

    Network — Innovation

    • In 2010 AT&T announced expanded deployment of fiber-optic backhaul – three times our 2009 fiber deployment – to support faster 3G speeds. .
    • AT&T added about 2,000 new cell sites to its network in 2010, expanding 3G service to cover more markets across the country.
    • The upgrades also included the deployment of High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 technology – part of AT&T's plan for continued investments to deliver the nation's best mobile broadband experience — the ideal combination of speed, coverage and best device line-up. AT&T today has the nation's fastest mobile broadband network and more smartphone customers have chosen AT&T over its nearest competitor.
    • HSPA is the high speed evolution of GSM/EDGE (Global System for Mobile Communication/Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution), which shares a common core network.
    • The deployment completed the transition of the AT&T 3G network to HSPA standards, marking the only full transition by any wireless provider in the United States to this latest generation of wireless broadband capabilities.
    • AT&T's HSPA network is in the best position among American carriers to grow in line with customer demand, evolving to even faster speeds through software upgrades without costly investments across the breadth of the network.
    • AT&T plans to adopt LTE (Long-Term Evolution) technology to reach even higher speeds in the longer term.
    • AT&T Wireless Network News Page.

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