Mar 23 AT 2:55 PM Taylor Wimberly 20 Comments

T-Mobile unveils the nation’s fastest wireless network (Not 4G)

You know that little thing called HSPA+ we have been talking about since last year? T-Mobile is finally ready promote their new network and they are wasting no time going directly after their competitors.

T-Mobile announced today that their HSPA+ network will be the nation’s fastest wireless 3G network (no longer AT&T), cover 185 million people (vs only 120 million for Sprint 4G), and be completed this year (Verizon only starting LTE in 2010).

One of the good things about HSPA+ is it’s backward compatible with HSPA 7.2-capable devices, so all of the Android phones on T-Mobile will automatically be faster without upgrading or spending more money.

Philadelphia has been the testing ground for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ and now New York City, New Jersey, Long Island and suburban Washington, D.C. have come online. T-Mobile says that deployment in Los Angeles is coming very soon.

We originally thought T-Mobile would brand their HSPA+ network as “4G”, but they are sticking with 3G and marketing it as very fast mobile web. The theoretical peak of the HSPA+ implementation T-Mobile uses is 21 Mbps compared to only 10 Mbps from Sprint 4G WiMax. Verizon will start rolling out LTE by the end of 2010 and they maintain users should see average download speeds of 5-12 Mbps.

Now that T-Mobile is ready to market their network, we wait to see if they have a matching Android handset to help promote it. Sprint is expected to launch the first 4G handset any day, so I wouldn’t be surprised if T-Mobile tries to follow them up soon.

If I don’t see a HSPA+ handset soon, I may be tempted to switch to Sprint and try out the HTC Supersonic (because I’m a nerd).

Show Press Release

T-Mobile to Rollout the Nation’s Fastest 3G Wireless Network with HSPA+ to More than 100 Metropolitan Areas in 2010

T-Mobile delivers home broadband-like experiences on-the-go when surfing the Web, accessing multimedia features, sharing content and more

LAS VEGAS and BELLEVUE, Wash. – March 23, 2010 – Today at International CTIA Wireless 2010, T-Mobile USA, Inc., showcased the nation’s fastest 3G wireless network on its latest mobile broadband devices. The company unveiled plans to upgrade its national high-speed 3G service to the High Speed Packet Access Plus (HSPA+) technology, which will deliver customers data speeds faster than the current 3G network technology1 . By the end of 2010, T-Mobile expects to have HSPA+ deployed across the breadth of its 3G footprint, covering more than 100 metropolitan areas and 185 million people.
T-Mobile hosted live demonstrations of the home broadband-like HSPA+ data speeds on a variety of products including the new Dellâ„¢ Inspironâ„¢ Mini 10 with T-Mobile® webConnectâ„¢ – T-Mobile’s first netbook – which launches March 24 online and in T-Mobile stores in select markets.

“Consumers want a mobile broadband experience that’s easy and as good as their connection at home on the best wireless devices available,” said Neville Ray, senior vice president of engineering and operations for T-Mobile USA. “This year T-Mobile will upgrade its national 3G network to HSPA+ which will support faster speeds and give customers a superior wireless data experience when they access their mobile social network, stream videos or share content. T-Mobile’s network is primed to deliver the speeds that today’s data users crave.”

T-Mobile successfully launched its HSPA+ network service in Philadelphia last fall providing customers access to one of the fastest and most modern wireless networks in the U.S. T-Mobile now has made HSPA+ commercially available in new markets including major areas of New York City, New Jersey, Long Island and suburban Washington, D.C., with deployment in Los Angeles coming very soon.

The company will continue to aggressively expand the availability of HSPA+ in additional 3G markets, putting the necessary backhaul capacity in place to support the very fast speeds. Today, its 3G high-speed data network covers more than 206 million people.

T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network is outperforming competing 3G wireless networks with speeds up to three times faster. Blazing fast actual peak download speeds3 were demonstrated today in Las Vegas using both new and current mobile broadband devices, including the T-Mobile webConnect Rocketâ„¢ USB Laptop Stick, the first HSPA+ capable device from a national U.S .wireless carrier; the Dell Inspiron Mini 10; the HTC HD2; the Motorola CLIQ XTâ„¢ and the T-Mobile myTouch® 3G.

“The webConnect Rocket and Dell Inspiron Mini 10 are the latest mobile broadband products that deliver real customer benefits with faster speeds available today,” said Cole Brodman, chief technology and innovation officer for T-Mobile USA. “And the great thing about T-Mobile’s 3G network evolution is its backward compatibility – most of our 3G smartphones will deliver a better mobile Web experience. Customers don’t have to spend money on a device upgrade, which is a rarity in consumer electronics.”

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