T-Mobile USA, the United States’ fourth largest cellco by subscribers, has announced that it intends to double the theoretical download speeds of its DC-HSPA+ network from 21Mbps to 42Mbps in 25 markets by June 2011. The first cities set to experience the faster transmission speeds are Las Vegas, New York and Orlando; these networks have been upgraded with immediate effect. They will be ‘closely followed’ by Chicago and further expansion of the New York network into Long Island and Northern New Jersey. By mid-year, T-Mobile estimates that around 140 million Americans in 25 different markets will benefit from increased transmission speeds.
Neville Ray, chief technology officer at T-Mobile USA, commented: ‘As T-Mobile continues the aggressive expansion of ’America’s largest 4G Network’, we’re doubling our maximum speed in more than two dozen markets, starting with three important cities today. We will continue to build on our 4G network advantage this year, providing customers with an industry-leading mobile data experience’.
TeleGeography notes that T-Mobile markets its HSPA+ network as ‘fourth generation’, running an unashamedly ambitious marketing campaign claiming to operate ‘America’s largest 4G network’. Despite accusations of false marketing, given that DC-HSPA+ is generally regarded as a 3G platform, T-Mobile maintains that its network offers speeds which are ‘comparable with those achievable on Clearwire’s WiMAX network’, which in itself are broadly comparable to transmission speeds on an LTE network.