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T-Mobile ‘4G’- like HSPA+

September 8, 2010 Leave a comment

So the word on the street according to T-Mobile USA is HSPA+ is like or better than ‘4G’. Well there is some strength in the argument if not all – let’s explore and see if the litmus test proves to be true. Interestingly enough, HSPA+ offers a better and cleaner solution at the moment for circuit switch calls and IRAT handover to GSM then LTE or WiMAX!

T-Mobile USA announced last week that it will increase the maximum possible data speeds offered on its upgraded 3G network to 42 Mbit/s in 2011. The fourth-ranked mobile operator in the US has been upgrading its GSM-based 3G network with a high-speed packet access plus (HSPA+) software update for months now. Upgraded markets offer a theoretical peak download speed of 21 Mbit/s. The operator has previously said that this translates into average download speeds in the 5-to-8-Mbit/s range using its HSPA+ webConnect Rocket laptop stick with peaks at 10 Mbit/s and over.

This already puts T-Mobile in the lane with Clearwire LLC average mobile download speeds of 3 to 6 Mbit/s and within spitting distance of Verizon Wireless ‘s promised average downloads of 5 to 12 Mbit/s for its upcoming Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network. After being late to 3G, T-Mobile clearly doesn’t intend to lose the marketing battle to offer “4G speeds” even if no carrier actually provides a real 4G service yet. Read more…

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