Seems like all the wireless carriers are rushing to claim top dog status for broadband wireless these days. claims they lead the pack by way of their present day service, currently operating in Baltimore, MD. Verizon recently tried to steal some of Sprint’s glory by announcing their , promising a late 2009 launch. Not to be outdone, here comes AT&T, now claiming both Verizon and Sprint are under manned with broadband wireless due to deficiencies with CDMA technology, thus their need to boast about 4G capabilities. AT&T says they don’t need to rush to 4G, because their technology can hold the tide for now. To prove it, they claim to have in a recent Chicago test. For comparison sakes, Sprint is currently claiming average download speeds of “2 to 4 Mbps” for their product. AT&T Mobility spokesman Mark Siegel tells , “We have some real advantages with our (GSM-based) technology path.” Siegel went on to say “We still have plenty of room left to increase speeds before moving to LTE.”

The race to broadband wireless supremacy is on, and the stakes are quite high. No one can answer definitively yet, but it’s safe to say that a significant number of households will not only , but also for wireline broadband as well. With 4G wireless technologies like LTE promising dramatically higher speeds, with 10’s of Mbps of throughput certainly viable, who needs DSL (although I freely admit, no one really knows what happens when hundreds or thousands of customers simultaneously demand that 4G speed in any given cell site). Recent data by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate (by the way, is it just me that wonders why the CDC is collecting and reporting on this data?). Combine that growing trend with recent commentary of the Pew Internet Life Project which recently predicted that the , and one can see the motivations behind the broadband wireless bravado. As I’ve discussed before, we’re at the beginning of a and broadband wireless will increasingly grab more communications wallet spend for both consumers and enterprise. With that much at stake, get used to the bravado.

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2 thoughts on “Broadband Wireless Bravado Watch – AT&T Cites 7.2 Mpbs

  1. It’s overblown bravado alright when the wireless providers boast about lab (versus real world) performance and limited service in ONE metro area. That’s hardly anything to brag about.

  2. Fred is correct — if you look at both the Baltimore WiMAX and HSDPA real-world throughput you’ll want to run back to your fixed-wire broadband connection. Wireless services shines most when you need to be mobile or use it nomadically.

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