My Guess: AT&T Thrilled to be Able to Blame Alcatel-Lucent for 3G Upload Speed Problem

Remember the AT&T 3G slow upload speed problem that came up a few days ago?

AT&T Evil Upload Speed Cap (Gizmodo) or Just Another AT&T Network Problem (Engadget)?

Well, I’ll bet that AT&T is thrilled to be able to report about it (why on Facebook?) and blame someone else:

Data Speed Updates

You may have seen some speculation that we were somehow capping data speeds. We’re not. Here’s the deal: It’s a software issue which AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent have now jointly identified. It’s only triggered under certain conditions and has only impacted uplink performance for less than 2% of our customer base — those using Laptop Connect and smartphone customers using 3G HSUPA-capable wireless devices in markets with Alcatel-Lucent equipment. Alcatel-Lucent is developing a longer-term software fix in the coming weeks, but in the meantime we have implemented an alternative that provides normal 3G uplink speeds and consistent performance for affected customers using HSUPA-capable devices.

But, who, I ask in my best Foghorn Leghorn impression, who I ask vetted the equipment purchase and configured this equipment from Alcatel-Lucent. FYI: Lucent was part of the original AT&T prior to the breakup. Alcatel purchased Lucent in 2006.