T-Mobile Sticks with 4G HSPA+

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T-Mobile says that it's HSPA+-Enabled 4G Network Now Reaches Over 75 Metropolitan Markets throughout the United States. Operator further states that the T-Mobile network now offers a super-fast, next generation mobile broadband experience to more people than any other wireless network in the country. T-Mobile also has launched a major ad campaign, the carrier said it had turned on HSPA+ in six more metro areas including Chicago.

With T-Mobile sticking to it's 4G defnition every one around seems to be not very happy. T-Mobile claims that It's 4G network is capable of theoretical speeds up to 21Mbps and have average download speeds approaching five Mbps on our myTouch 4G phone in some cities with peak speeds of nearly 12 Mbps. 

AT&T told PCMAG.com that the carrier's current HSPA+ rollout will be faster than the 14.4 Mbps AT&T promised in the past, rebutting recent claims by rival T-Mobile. According to AT&T, the company's HSPA+ would be faster than 14.4 because it uses 64 QAM modulation. It means that AT&T's speed would be 21Mbps as well but company did not provide any further details.

With ITU clearing the 4G air now even LTE & WiMAX can not claim to be 4G but it's very difficult now to take away 4G term from these technologies. However it is unfair to call HSPA+ (3.5G) a 4G technology. LTE initialy was called 3.9G but Industry made it 4G.

According to T-Mobile, operator is increasing it's HSPA+ footprint reaching 200 million people by the end of this year and plans to offer 42Mbps theoretical speeds in 2011.

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no 4G yet

I understand wwhy people aren't comfortable with HSPA+ being spoken of as 4G, but since neither LTEi or WiMax are 4G either, one can't really complain that one carrier is worse than the other in terms of inaccurate advertising. I think the most significant part of all this is that T-Mobile's HSPA+ does in fact outperform Sprint's WiMax consistently, especially on the uplink. I suppose when Sprint upgrades to WiMax 2 and AT&T and VZW upgrade to LTE Advanced they'll call it "Internationally Certified 4G" or something like that.


CHICAGO -- 4G World -- Everyone knows that AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is planning to move to Long Term Evolution (LTEi) next year, but is the operator also planning a further upgrade of its 3G network in 2011?

In his keynote here on Tuesday, David Haight, VP of business development at AT&T's Emerging Devices Organization, said that if users roam off LTE, they would go to faster 3G in 2011. "The good news is that you're going to fall back to HSPA+, so you're falling back to 21 megabits, not 7.2 or 3.6," Haight told the crowd. (See 4G World: AT&T Learns Lessons From iPad.)

So far, AT&T has only said that it will deploy the earlier 14.4Mbit/s upgrade by the end of this year - 2010, revealing nothing about a 21Mbit/s upgrade in 2011. So we asked AT&T what the official word on this was.

"HSPA+ technology has a theoretical maximum speed of 21Mbps," a spokeswoman said, in an email reply to questions. "WE HAVE NOT BEGUN DEPLOYING THE TECHNOLOGY AT THIS TIME",she said that ONLY this October - then now magically they have 21 hspa+??? (See AT&T Plots Widescale HSPA+ Rollout .)

Nonetheless, if AT&T is interested in keeping up with GSM rival T-Mobile then HSPA+ is a logical progression. T-Mobile is currently rolling out a 21Mbit/s upgrade for 100 cities by year's end; it currently has the speed boost running in 75 cities in the US.

The average download speeds offered on 21Mbit/s HSPA+ are in the 5 to 8 Mbit/s range. (See T-Mobile's HSPA+ Rivals Clearwire, US LTE Speeds.)

When we are in Austin,Texas for ANDROID FESTIVAL, TMobile executives said that 42Mbps hspa+ will be available by last week of January or 1st week of February-2011 then AT&T will start to deploy 21Mbps hspa+...

I called a friend who is engineer in AT&T MOBILITY unit & he said to me that THEY STILL USE THE 7.2Mbps & some area with 14.4Mbps HSPA, NOT YET THE 21 HSPA+ (maybe next year around February-2011, he said)