T-Mobile announced a series of new backhaul agreements this week with Bright House Networks, FPL FiberNet, IP Networks and Zayo Bandwidth to increase bandwidth and access of applications using HSDPA technology as well as to expand service in Tampa, Orlando, South Florida, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Memphis. They will be fully implemented over the next six to 18 months.
Dave Mayo, vice president of engineering at T-Mobile, said, ‘Consumer demand for mobile web services, rich media and applications continues to grow. Each of these partners will assist us in meeting customer needs by delivering high-capacity fibre connectivity to T-Mobile’s cell sites in these major markets. This will provide a highly cost-effective delivery mechanism for mobile data services using our new 3G network and our existing 2G networks.’
In other news, T-Mobile USA is expected to launch the first mobile handset powered by Google’s ‘Android’ software on 23 September, priced at USD199. The handset is manufactured by Taiwan’s HTC Corp and Google’s brand will be listed alongside that of HTC and T-Mobile on the phone. At the same date, T-Mobile will unveil new data plans priced to make the device attractive to the wider consumer market, rather than just early adopters.