February 10, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
T-Mobile’s HSPA+ rollout will hit major cities along the East and West Coast first according to comments made by T-Mobile VP of Engineering Dave Mayo.
In an interview with GigaOM, Mayo suggested that cities along the coasts would be the first to see network speeds of up to 21 Mbps. Mayo said that T-Mobile has already upgraded the infrastructure needed to provide increased speeds along the California Coast and in “major cities from Washington, D.C. to Boston” but declined to say exactly when those markets would gain HSPA+ networks. The company plans to have most of the U.S. (205 million people) using the increased speeds by the end of 2010.
Philadelphia is currently the only market to have HSPA+, but the big cities along the northeast corridor are likely next in line. Los Angeles and San Francisco are also obvious candidates. Of course, not all phones will be able to take advantage of the new speeds as there are compatibility issues between the new network and some phones currently on T-Mobile. Newer phones that will debut this year will likely have the technology necessary to use the faster speeds of HSPA+ networks.
For now, the rest of the country will have to rely on 3G speeds (and even EDGE in many places).