Dec 15 AT 3:35 PM Taylor Wimberly 24 Comments

T-Mobile and Nokia team up on Long Term HSPA Evolution to unleash speeds of more than 650 Mbps

Today in Finland, T-Mobile USA and Nokia Siemens Networks announced a new standard called Long Term HSPA Evolution (LTHE?), which promises to deliver speeds of more than 650 Mbps. The proposed key features of Long Term HSPA Evolution were accepted during a meeting of 3GPP group last week and T-Mobile expects it to be available for commercial deployment by 2013.

T-Mobile’s current 4G HSPA+ network offers maximum speeds of 21 Mbps, but the carrier already announced they plan to double that to 42 Mbps next year. Many in the industry have been speculating which technology T-Mobile would migrate to after HSPA, but it sounds like the carrier is sticking with it for the foreseeable future.

Neville Ray, T-Mobile USA CTO said, “Long Term HSPA Evolution will allow us to enhance our 4G mobile broadband network beyond its current and planned near term capabilities, and provide room for considerable growth and speed enhancements. As customer demand for wireless data increases, we are well positioned to compete based on the speed, breadth and evolution path of our mobile broadband service.”

Nokia Siemens Networks’ Single Radio Access Network (RAN) platform is already prepared for Long Term HSPA Evolution, so carriers like T-Mobile should have an easy path to introduce the new technology. Long Term HSPA Evolution features are also backwards compatible (just like HSPA+) and can be used with existing HSPA devices.

I’m just happy my current phone can do speeds over 5 Mbps, so it’s a little crazy to think about mobile downloads over 100 Mbps. Heck even my Time Warner Cable tops out at 20 Mbps, so maybe my home internet will be wireless in a couple years.

What do you think about T-Mobile’s 4G strategy?

Long Term HSPA Evolution will offer the following features:

  • HSDPA Multicarrier evolution: Combines up to eight carriers and provides peak data rates of up to 672 Mbps along with improving spectrum utilization. To overcome operators’ spectrum fragmentation constraints, HSDPA carrier aggregation enables carriers from more than one frequency band to be combined.
  • HSDPA Multipoint transmission: Significantly increases the cell edge data rate by coordinating and combining signals from multiple antennas.
  • Dual antenna beamforming and MIMO in uplink: Improves the uplink performance with dual-antenna transmission, doubling the uplink peak data rate and improving the user average data rate by 30% with 2×2 MIMO/ beam forming. With 2×4 MIMO, over 100% increase in average user data rates can be achieved due to beam forming gain and four receive antennas in the base station.

For further information on Long Term HSPA Evolution, please refer to the white paper titled Long Term HSPA Evolution – Mobile Broadband Evolution Beyond 3GPP Release 10.

Via: TmoNews

Source: Nokia

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  • http://Website UniqueNate

    Not a T-Mo customer but it does sound really nice. Thing is though, who will even reach those speeds? I mean the 21mbps is rarely reached I’m sure. I know some people may reach around there once in a while but idk. It will be interesting to see this. Even the when they double it to 42

    • http://Website JaylanPHNX

      Thing is, even though they may make the network capable of 650Mbps, the reality of that would be a network that can give a consistent 100-200Mbpa when handling a full volume. That top theoretical number is under perfect conditions, just like the 21Mbps right now. With traffic volume, that goes down to around 3-7Mbps. It’s all about throughput. With this network, the larger throughput will make out phones super fast, even if it’s not really 650Mbps. Also, with that kind of throughput, they could keep us all happy at 100-200Mbps and relax their data caps, since the whole purpose of those is to relieve an overworked network.

  • MC

    Nokia??? The short-bus riding handset manufacturer? Huh?

    • http://Website J.

      I think they mean Nokia, the largest handset maker in the world, along with being the single largest maker of backbone wireless communication equipment.

  • http://Website ThatGuy

    I want 650 mbps… just so I can say… oh, look, I downloaded that movie in like, 2 seconds… @_o

  • http://Website Mark

    If this is indeed REAL, I am signing a LIFE contract with T-Mobile along with a pound of my flesh.

  • http://Website Thorpeland

    Hey Sprint, stick that in your “Tmo doesn’t really have 4G like we do” pipe and smoke it.

    • http://Website swazedahustla

      You are an idiot for even posting that. Please dont hold your breath waiting for those speeds to be reached, you have about 40 years before you see those. Hhahaha t-mob barely can put out a good 3 G signal accross its ENTIRE network, and please dont give me no BS about certain areas. Talk to me about the network as a WHOLE….Judging from the comments of t-mob customers, I can tell its not good.

      • http://Website J.

        Actually, it turns out that you’re the idiot.
        T-Mobile is consistently ranked either 1st or 2nd in terms of both call quality and coverage in the US.
        Of course no one is going to get those exact speeds, buts higher theoretical max allows everyone more speed. Especially as this is backwards compatible. Just like adding HSPA+ has freed up headroom and backhaul making HSPA faster for existing service, you can expect the same from this technology. You can’t say that about WiMax, as it is a different network protocol. Verizon’s LTE will also be backwards compatible, but not compatible between LTE and CDMA, so continued evolution of their LTE network will not benefit existing users at all.

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            Not sucking so much.

  • themetatron

    Most people don’t even have true broadband in their home. I am more curious in how the carriers are gonna be charging. Makes sense if they switch to the landline model of speed tiers. I personally can’t see needing more than 5-10 mbps, as ping/latency is more important in most mobile applications/uses.

  • http://Website Kenny

    This would be awesome, but it just seems so far from reality, even with the plan laid out for all of us to see. I’ll believe it when I experience it.

  • Oskar

    T-Mobile is gonna become number one real soon!

  • IHTCEvo

    T-Sprint is going to happen and kill off verizon and att.

    • http://Website wenliness

      Or become just like them.

  • http://Website @neidlinger

    Looks good in my book.

  • http://Website Ivan

    Thats it only 650 mbps, weeeaakkkkk. Wimax 2 can reach 1gbps. Sprint still owns FTW !!!!

    • http://Website Hans

      Is that out yet? No. Neither is LTHE. LTHE evolves, though unlike WiMax 2. That means that, theorectically, LTHE’s speeds will continue to grow.

  • http://Website bpear

    I know some people are going to disagree with me but I personaly don’t see myself needing more that 10 Mbps. Right now i have the Samsung intercept from Virgin Mobile and get speeds of 0.3 to 0.9 Mbps and I know it is slow but its OK for me. i would still like 10 Mbps but no more than that

  • http://Website Tito!

    Nokia? Hmm. Idk.
    risky area here.
    I don’t like that T-Mobile teams up (sometimes).
    As long as we don’t have another Microsoft on our hands.. :)

    • http://Website J.

      See above.
      Regardless of what their US reputation is, and no matter what they’re doing in the smartphone market (not much), Nokia is the single largest manufacturer of cell phones and wireless cellular communications equipment in the world. And not by a small margin.

      There is a better than 90% chance that every time you use your phone in the United States that you are connecting through a piece of hardware built by Nokia. It could be the backhaul router, the switch, the tower transmitter rig, anything. Somewhere along the line, you’re using a Nokia product. In Europe the chance that Nokia is somewhere in the chain is basically 100%.

      You can idk about Nokia all you want, I’m just telling you that they ARE cellular communications. The fact that they’re on board for LTHE is a very, very big deal.

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