Well that is interesting. It wouldn't be too hard to have Fiber/Ethernet backhaul to 2G only cell sites. They can provision the speed for their current needs, then they can upgrade later once they need higher speeds - they just need to pay the backhaul provider more money and they will bump the speed up. The connection is already capable of 100 Mbps or more, they just need to pay for the level of service they want. Unlike telco T1s, there won't be a long waiting period and a truck roll.
Originally Posted by jarrodpd
If they have the backhaul, hopefully this means we will see an EDGE to HSPA+ transition real soon. Once they finish the refarm in the larger cities, it should not take long to get HSPA+ running in some of the more rural areas where cell sites are spaced far apart and have a larger coverage radius.
Hopefully they haven't forgotten about the GPRS only areas. Those really need to be upgraded.
Bars are not a true indication of signal strength or quality.