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'PC World' Study: AT&T Is The Fastest 3G Network

My network's 3G service is better than yours. That's what the commercials all try to argue. In a new study measuring wireless performance in 13 major cities, PC World sets the record straight by concluding AT&T has moved past Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile as the fastest 3G network.

This is a drastic change from the criticism leveled in the past against the mobile phone carrier and the dismal performance it recorded in last spring's PC World tests.

What changed?

PC World's Mark Sullivan explains it was a combination of actions. The network upgraded to the much faster High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 technology, added 1,900 new cell sites, increased backhaul capacity and took better advantage of the 850MHz wireless it has access to.

AT&T's efforts have paid off. Testers report a 94 percent success rate when connecting to the network. Also, their download speeds were, on average, 67 percent faster than the network's three largest competitors. Its upload speeds are similarly impressive at 773 kbps — 3— kbps faster than Verizon, the second-fastest network.

Read the full report for details on the 51,000 separate tests that covered 850 square miles.