Jul 14 AT 12:35 PM Alberto Vildosola 13 Comments

Video: T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42 network and what they’re doing to improve it

T-Mobile might be on the verge of being swallowed by AT&T, but that’s not stopping the carrier from hyping its 4G network and its super fast speeds. The company just uploaded a video to YouTube where Mark McDiarmid, VP of Radio Network Engineering and Development, talks about all the things the company is doing to improve its network.

First, T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42 network is now available in more than 150 markets, according to the company. Now we just need more Android devices that support that kind of speed. So far, only the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 laptop stick is able to take advantage of it. Although, there is at least one Android device with HSPA+ 42 coming in the near future.

Aside from faster 4G speeds, T-Mobile’s customers will also “enjoy increased network capacity and reliability.” In other words, the company is investing a lot of money on the network’s backbone, not just the wireless part of it. So even if you don’t have an HSPA+ 42 or 4G device, you’ll still get some of the benefits in the form of a more reliable network.

Seeing how serious T-Mobile seems to be about improving its network, we have to wonder why the company would even need to be acquired by AT&T. So far, it looks like T-Mobile is doing a pretty good job of offering its customers a reliable network with “4G speeds.” They even beat Sprint in a recent test. Maybe AT&T is the one that desperately wants to buy T-Mobile, and it’s not a case of T-Mobile having financial issues. It’d be really sad to see Magenta go away just because another carrier dragged its feet on improving its own network.

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Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced that the company is doubling the speed of its 4G network in 56 additional markets, to reach more than 170 million people in 152 markets. T-Mobile customers now have access to T-Mobile’s faster 4G network in markets including Baltimore; Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Hartford and New Haven, Conn.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Lancaster, Pa.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Providence, R.I.; and Washington, D.C., among several others. For a full list of new markets where T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42 4G network is available, see below.

In addition to T-Mobile customers experiencing speeds twice as fast as T-Mobile’s current 4G network on compatible devices, customers also will enjoy increased network capacity and reliability. Offering a compelling 4G experience across a broad lineup of devices, America’s Largest 4G Networkâ„¢ allows customers to stay connected in new and innovative ways in more places than ever before. From downloading files to streaming video or surfing the latest social networking sites, T-Mobile’s faster network provides a richer-than-ever mobile data experience, with anytime high-speed access to the data and information customers need and desire.

“America’s Largest 4G Network is now faster than ever and continues to deliver a fast and reliable broadband experience in more places than any other carrier,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. “Video streaming on T-Mobile’s network has more than tripled over the last year, and consumer demand for access to rich mobile content from anywhere continues to grow. T-Mobile is now supplying more than 170 million Americans with lightning-fast HSPA+ 42 speeds to feed that explosive demand.”
T-Mobile’s portfolio of 4G products gives customers ultra-fast access to the content they want at home or on the go. The company recently introduced the T-Mobile Rocketâ„¢ 3.0 laptop stick, its first HSPA+ 42-capable device, offering average download speeds on its HSPA+ 42 network approaching 10 Mbps, with peak speeds of 27 Mbps. T-Mobile also continues to expand its 4G device lineup with innovative 4G handsets such as the new HTC Sensationâ„¢ 4G and the upcoming T-Mobile myTouch® 4G Slide. In the last year, T-Mobile has launched more than a dozen 4G-capable smartphones, tablets and mobile broadband products, and the company expects to launch its first HSPA+ 42 smartphone later this year.

T-Mobile 4G markets where 42Mbps service is launching today:
Allentown, Pa.; Anderson, S.C.; Asheville, N.C.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Baltimore, Md.; Barnstable, Mass.; Bellingham, Wash.; Bloomington, Ind.; Boise, Idaho; Boston, Mass.; Bremerton, Wash.; Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn.; Brunswick, Ga.; Carson City, Nev.; Charlotte, N.C.; Charlottesville, Va.; Chico, Calif.; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Eugene, Ore.; Flagstaff, Ariz.; Flint, Mich.; Greensboro, N.C.; Greenville, S.C.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Hartford, Conn.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Lafayette, Ind.; Lancaster, Pa.; Laredo, Texas; Lynchburg, Va.; Manchester, N.H.; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.; New Haven, Conn.; Ogden, Utah; Providence; R.I.; Provo, Utah; Raleigh-Cary, N.C.; Redding, Calif.; Reno-Sparks, Nev.; Richmond, Va.; Roanoke, Va.; Rockford, Ill.; Salem, Ore.; Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Spartanburg, S.C.; State College, Pa.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Terre Haute, Ind.; Tucson, Ariz.; Washington, D.C.; Wichita Falls, Texas; Winchester, Va.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; Worcester, Mass.; and York, Pa.

*T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network, including increased speeds, is not available everywhere. See coverage details at T-Mobile.com.

Via: TmoNews

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • http://Website Raj

    I seriously don’t know what to say. Such awesome improvements, but still seems like the att deal might go through. What will happen then?

  • http://Website Sebastian

    DT wants to get rid of T-Mobile that is the reason for the sale. Raj, once ATT get’s a hold of T-Mobile’s network they will begin dismantling it so as to make it compatible with their devices.

  • http://maxtechnewz.blogspot.com max

    they can give good speeds because they throttle speeds

  • http://Website Noriega713

    I’m a T-mobile subscriber, yet their service here in Houston… kinda weird…it has an average of 2.4 Mbps most of the time…once in a while I get 7-8 Mbps on a Htc G2 and a Mytouch 4g.

  • http://Website jose lebron jr.

    Att is advertising that (when) they combine with T-Mobile they will give rural americans more choices. WAKE UP PEOPLE YOU AREADY HAVE ANOTHER CHOICE T-MOBILE.

  • http://Website Allister Moody

    More money for europe. GO EUROPE!

  • http://Website V

    Man if they weren’t selling to Ma Bell I’d jump to them right now for those speeds!

  • http://Website tony

    Still don’t have anything better than EDGE at my house on at&t or T-Mobile…

  • http://Website tha

    42+ is never possible. Its all false advertising.I’m personally for supporting what Congressmen and women are considering calling out the carriers on this and all their lies about 4G. No one has it and even Verizon LTE is not true 4G. Yes thats right.

  • http://about.me/tomyu Tom

    I’ve always been a T-Mobile fan, and this just makes me more excited about it! They have good customer service and signals here in AZ, and now with newly improved speeds….Can’t wait for the LG G2X to arrive!!

  • http://Website Tarah

    Of course I find my city on that list after I ordered a nexus s for t-mobile, basing my decision on the fact that my city wouldn’t be getting hspa + for awhile. Oh well.

    • goNoles22

      You shouldn’t worry about those theoretical data speeds. The Nexus S is still the phone to have IMO, the vanilla software is still better than a little faster data speed. For example everyone else cannot tether their phone without having to root it first.