Last edited by ggore; 05-25-2012 at 07:59 AM.
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Luckily the 3GPP realized the limitations of spectrum allocations from national governments and of WCDMA so they worked on allowing LTE to more flexible with 1.4, 3, 5, 10, 15 and 20 MHz slices. The situation you outlined is a moot point since no spectrum is tied because AT&T can easily adjust the slices in the specified amounts over time as needed.
The risk of cutting customers off entirely is non-existent since initial launch of LTE can be done with 1.4 or 3 MHz slices.
Customers won't be cut off from their service when 2.8 to 6 MHz can be initially used for LTE when you already have 30+ MHz for EDGE.
Basic math tells me that EDGE will still have at least 24-27.2+ MHz remaining.
I'm going to bet AT&T doesn't even use the full 30+ MHz they are in possession of in rural areas, even then the situation as described is a moot point.
Last edited by i0wnj00; 05-25-2012 at 02:31 PM.
I just got a report that HSPA has launched in Angola, Indiana....finally!
iPhone 4 on AT&T:
No need for hope. I had my friend send a screen shot and she reported it still on in another location. Now i'm wondering if the whole swath from Auburn to beyond Coldwater, MI along I69 has launched as well.
Ultimately I think what hit the brakes on a lot of the rural expansion was Whitacre Tower slamming the brakes on spending any money in rural areas. I am cautiously optimistic that has passed.