T-Mobile lights up HSPA plus in 25 metro areas

Ari Robbins
Contributing Editor from Atlanta, GA
Published: June 16, 2010

Are you a fan of fast?  Are you sad that you don't have access to WiMax in your area or just don't want to switch to Sprint?  If you answered yes to any of the aforementioned questions, T-Mobile has some good news for you.  Today, the nations number four carrier announced they have expanded their HSPA+ network to 25 metropolitan areas, giving them '4G-like' speeds.  By the end of June Magenta intends to make HSPA+ available to 75 Million people, with an aggressive 185 Million people (100 metro areas) targeted for the upgrade by the end of the year.  

The great thing about HSPA+, as I understand it, is that it's backward compatible with T-Mobile's current 3G network.  What does that mean for you?  It means that you don't necessarily have to go out and buy a special device (like the EVO 4G) to benefit from the upgrade.  What's more, with GSM technology, you can experience voice and data simultaneously without worrying about traveling in and out of "4G" zones.  According to the press release (below), T-Mobile already has 15 devices available that can make use of the upgrade, including several mobile phones and their webConnect Rocket USB Laptop Stick.  Does anyone think it's a coincidence that several of the new cities to be lit up this month are on the list of those with Sprint's 4G network?  I'll let you be the judge of that!

Via TmoNews


T-Mobile Expands Super-Fast Network and Availability of T-Mobile® webConnect Rocket™ USB Laptop Stick to Cover 25 Major Metropolitan Areas

BELLEVUE, Wash. — June 16, 2010 — Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced the expansion of its super-fast mobile broadband network, now offering 4G speeds1 to more than 25 major metropolitan areas across the U.S., and expects to cover more than 75 million Americans with HSPA+ by the end of June. Complementing the network expansion is the availability of the

T-Mobile® webConnect Rocket™ USB Laptop Stick, the first HSPA+ capable device from a national U.S. wireless carrier, in T-Mobile retail stores in these new areas.

Now HSPA+ and the T-Mobile® webConnect Rocket™ USB Laptop Stick are available in major metropolitan areas across the country including Los Angeles; Dallas; Atlanta; Houston; Seattle; Tampa and Orlando, Fla.; Pittsburgh; Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem, N.C.; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla.; New Orleans; and Charleston, S.C. In addition, HSPA+ has been expanded to Bentonville, Ark.; Anderson, S.C.; and Fayetteville, N.C. T-Mobile’s HSPA+ mobile broadband service is already live in New York; Philadelphia; Las Vegas; Memphis; Upstate New York; Connecticut; Providence, R.I.; and the Washington, D.C., suburbs.

“T-Mobile has rolled out HSPA+ service to more than 25 major metropolitan areas in four month’s time, as we drive towards having the most pervasive mobile broadband network delivering 4G speeds in the country,” said Neville Ray, senior vice president of Engineering and Operations for T-Mobile USA. “T-Mobile is delivering unprecedented value to our customers with the availability of a super-fast mobile broadband experience combined with compelling and affordable devices and data plans.”

T-Mobile’s rapidly expanding HSPA+ mobile broadband footprint makes it easy for customers to enjoy 4G speeds on the HSPA+-enabled T-Mobile® webConnect Rocket™ USB Laptop Stick. In addition, T-Mobile currently has 15 3G devices that can benefit from enhanced speeds when they’re on the HSPA+ network, including the newest smartphone available from T-Mobile today — the Nokia E73 Mode.

T-Mobile has made considerable progress in the number of areas with faster mobile broadband — and expects to continue this aggressive pace to deliver HSPA+ speeds in 100 major metropolitan areas with backhaul in place, covering 185 million people in the U.S. by the end of this year.

“With the rapid expansion of its HSPA+ network this year, T-Mobile is in a great position of being able to deliver high-speed data serviceto a broader number of customers today,” said Peter Jarich, principal analyst, Wireless Infrastructure, Current Analysis. “Ultimately, consumers don’t care what technology powers the network they’re using — they care about the quality and experience of their mobile data service, the cost of those services, and the devices available to access them. HSPA+ has the potential to deliver higher data rates across a broader lineup of devices in the next one to two years than competing technologies.”

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