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T-Mobile has beat AT&T to completing a full 3G upgrade, and will now begin an HSPA+ rollout to further upgrade its 3G network to an intermediate in preparation for its planned 4G LTE rollout.  (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
T-Mobile has completed its 3G network upgrade and now offers 3G coverage to over 200 million Americans

The Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) is a third-generation (3G) mobile telecommunications technology.  AT&T and T-Mobile are both using the technology to build upon GSM concepts and offer a faster successor to earlier standards like EDGE.  UMTS offers faster up and down data transfer rates than EDGE. 

The U.S. doesn't have full 3G coverage yet, but the nation's major carriers are already looking ahead to deploying 4G, as they continue their 3G rollout.  Sprint was the first major carrier to start to deploy a true 4G network (WiMAX).  Now T-Mobile has announced that its 3G upgrade of its current network is complete and it is beginning its own effort to deploy 4G (via HSPA+, then LTE).

T-Mobile uses High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) to offer downlink speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps (peak speeds) on its 3G data network.  Previously the telecomm had only offered slower 3.6 Mbps downlink rates.  T-Mobile also has announced that this high-speed-upgraded network now covers 200 million Americans.

Next up, T-Mobile is focusing on deploying Evolved High Speed Packet Access (HSPA+) across its network.  A trial deployment is already underway in Philadelphia.

HSPA+ will bring downlink speeds of up to 56 Mbps and uplink speeds of up to 22 Mbps.  Actual improvements, though will vary based on how close you are to a T-Mobile tower with HSPA+ capabilities (that's the nature of the technology, not a T-Mobile-specific shortcoming).  The closer you are, the bigger the boost you get.  Customers far from a tower may not notice a significant speed increase. 

T-Mobile plans on completing its HSPA+ network upgrade by the end of this year, and will be the first major carrier in the U.S. to do so (granted Sprint already is rolling out the WiMAX, arguably a more advanced standard).  Of the GSM carriers (AT&T, T-Mobile) in the U.S., though, T-Mobile will be the top dog in terms of data transfer, as it upgrades to HSPA+ -- an important bridge technology to WiMAX competitor Long Term Evolution (LTE).

T-Mobile had more good news to report today -- for the first quarter of the 2010 it will be the exclusive carrier of the new Nexus One -- a collaborative effort by Google and HTC that sports Android 2.1 and is arguably the most attractive Android handset, in terms of features, on the market.



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WiMAX a more advanced standard?
By Plox on 1/6/2010 9:19:08 AM , Rating: 2
Who told you that load of BS?

4G LTE is far superior to WiMax.

WiMax is not even considered true 4G its more like 3.5 G or 3.9G.

Do some research and you will find WiMax is not true 4G nor more advance standard.




By ebakke on 1/6/2010 9:26:16 AM , Rating: 2
Read the article.

He said WiMax is superior to HSPA+, not to LTE.


RE: WiMAX a more advanced standard?
By TheRequiem on 1/6/2010 9:56:43 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, your 100% wrong. I'm a field tech for cell towers around the country and WiMAX and LTE will offer very little difference after they are rolled out. Also, this isn't a WiMAX vs LTE battle, WiMAX already covers half the country and customers are downloading at 10mbps+ right now as we speak on WiMAX while there is yet to be an average person who has even really heard of LTE much less seen it in action. By the time LTE starts to roll out in the country, WiMAX will have been upgraded to to a more advance set which theoretically will make it just as fast as LTE (we're talking gigabits), so as far as the different technologies is concerned... there is no battle, they will coexist as GSM & CDMA coexist right now. WiMAX is already in a dozen countries in Asia and the middle east and being rolled out quickly around the USA, its highly unlikely that LTE will be able to catch up perhaps in even the next 3 or 4 years... I know, I am in the business. Goto: wimax.com and see for yourself.


RE: WiMAX a more advanced standard?
By aebiv on 1/6/2010 10:31:12 AM , Rating: 2
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...WiMAX already covers half the country...


What country are you talking about? Because you certainly aren't talking about the USA. We can't even get 25% of the nation covered in 3G yet.

Also, from what I've read, WiMAX has a much higher power requirement for the towers and even for the devices, so I doubt you'll see it spread across the country. Instead, it'll just be used in major cities much like 3G has started out as.

LTE has the potential to be countrywide due to the power requirements and the range of the signal. That means next time you're driving coast to coast on I80 or something, you can keep streaming that Netflix movie to your kids in the back seat the whole way.


RE: WiMAX a more advanced standard?
By Keeir on 1/6/2010 2:56:06 PM , Rating: 2
Sigh...

quote:
What country are you talking about? Because you certainly aren't talking about the USA. We can't even get 25% of the nation covered in 3G yet.


In an article talking about T-mobile, the worst cell provider covering 2/3rd of the US (population wise) in 3g coverage.

I would also point out that Verizon's 3g coverage appears to cover 60%+ of the US

As to how much WiMax currently covers, the question is always one of Population versus Area. And also of purpose.

Don't get too fixated on Sprint Cell Implementation. Other applications of WiMax already cover significant population centers

http://www.towerstream.com/index.asp?ref=company

For example. And while I am, as you are, probably more concerned with actual mobile applications, the difference between WiMax and LTE is that WiMax implementations and limitations are already being field tested... and have several years worth of testing already implemented.

Lastly,

quote:
LTE has the potential to be countrywide due to the power requirements and the range of the signal. That means next time you're driving coast to coast on I80 or something, you can keep streaming that Netflix movie to your kids in the back seat the whole way.


This will depend on the hand off from tower to tower and the change in tower loading. I have yet to experience a mobile device that consistantly and seemlessly handles a tower transition. When streaming video or other high bandwidth items its particularly annoying as the "new" tower often has different availibity of bandwidth.


By mcnabney on 1/6/2010 11:27:50 AM , Rating: 1
WIMAX DOES NOT COVER HALF THE COUNTRY!!!!

Get back to work, Sprint doesn't have the money to pay you to post lies online. Once again they jumped early and picked the losing technology.

Although you are correct that WIMAX and LTE can offer similar speeds, the world has already chosen LTE. Verizon is going to light up almost their whole network by the end of the year and Europe will have multiple providers doing the same. In 2011 AT&T will role theirs out.

Multiple device manufactures have already opted out of WIMAX product development. If that doesn't spell doom I don't know what will.


By SoulBlighter on 1/6/2010 11:29:04 AM , Rating: 2
Regardless you being field tech, i guess you don't know most of the facts and benefits of HSDPA over wimax. There is no comparison between Wimax and LTE. LTE is a winner we all know.
States is no way at all covered even clost to 50% by wimax.
Wimax works on the principles of WiFi not GSM.
Wimax is not backward compatible with gsm technology.
Meaning fewer hardware availability and choices.
Wimax consumes more power than compared hsdpa.
Limitation of users per cell compared to hsdpa
More companies (mostly Telecoms) putting their efforts behind LTE. How many companies are behind Wimax?


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