AT&T has no WiMAX plans

18 Jun 2007

The largest US telco, AT&T Inc, has confirmed that it has no major plans in the WIMAX arena. A report from Information Week, which quotes Chris Hill, the company’s VP of government mobility solutions, suggests that AT&T may employ WiMAX for backhaul, but it is looking at Long Term Evolution (LTE) equipment as the next generation of mobile technology beyond existing HSPA 3.5G systems. The telco does hold some spectrum in the 2.5GHz band, but most WIMAX-capable frequencies in the US are held by Sprint and Clearwire, so AT&T would struggle to match either of these two in terms of national coverage if it did opt to deploy WiMAX for last-mile connections.

United States, AT&T