The likes of Sprint and Verizon are pushing ahead fast with its 4G technology, but AT&T has gone down the slow deployment route — which could be a good thing. The new Apple iPad and the current and upcoming iPhone will use the slower AT&T 3G network for its data, and looks as though the 4G capability will not be available until sometime in 2011.
Gerson Lehrman Group has decided that AT&T 4G data deployment and not the iPad and iPhone 4G needs a closer look. We have on a number of occasions picked up on the fact that AT&T’s 3G network was in bad shape, which is why they had to focus on fixing it before they could even consider a move to 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution).
AT&T still needs to plan for 4G, and we expect that they already are — they are just not rushing it. AT&T has been affected by unreliable 3G data because of the iPhone, and the huge demand that users put on it. It is no secret that these users download the most data, this has something to do with iTunes.
Do you think that AT&T is making the right decision by in slowly rolling out 4G?
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