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T-Mobile HSPA+ Hits East Coast, Las Vegas

Tue, 05/25/2010 - 7:52am
Maisie Ramsay

T-Mobile USA says its HSPA+ upgrade now covers more than 30 million people after launches in the Northeast corridor, Memphis, Tenn., and Las Vegas.

The deployments in the Northeastern U.S. are comprised of the New York City metropolitan area, including New Jersey and Long Island, upstate New York and Providence, R.I.

T-Mobile's HSPA+ network is already live in Philadelphia and the Washington, D.C. suburbs. The carrier said it will expand its HSPA+ deployment into Boston and Washington, D.C. "in the coming weeks."

T-Mobile's engineering and operations chief Neville Ray took a dig at the company's larger rivals in a statement, saying its competitors "are asking consumers to pay more for faster wireless service with limited coverage and very few capable devices."

T-Mobile claims its HSPA+ network "is already delivering 4G speeds today" with theoretical peak download speeds of 21Mbps. Real-life speeds will are considerably slower than theoretical peak speeds.

T-Mobile says it has more than a dozen devices compatible with its HSPA+ network and will be launching the myTouch 3G Slide and the Garminfone next month.

The carrier plans to extend its HSPA+ network to cover 185 million people by the end of this year.

T-Mobile lacks the spectrum resources to deploy LTE. It has been speculated that the company will enter into a wholesale agreement with a third party vendor to launch 4G services.

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