August 31, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
T-Mobile USA is chugging along nicely with its HSPA+ rollout. Today the carrier confirmed that it has expanded the network into 55 markets and now covers more than 100 million people. That’s slightly little fewer than 30 percent of the U.S. population.
The latest cities to get HSPA+ include my hometown of Miami, Florida! It’s just my luck that T-Mobile would flip the switch on the Magic City the month after I close my account with the carrier. I’m no longer a T-Mo customer so I can’t take HSPA+ for a spin, but it’s good to know the network is up should I ever decide to go back. Also joining the super-fast network party are:
- Boston, Mass.
- Erie, Penn.
- Fresno, Calif.
- Palm Springs, Calif.
- Richmond, Virginia
- San Diego, Calif.
- Spokane, Wash.
- Topeka, Kansas
People in those cities should see a noticeable bump in download speeds beginning today if they have compatible phones. The Nexus One and Vibrant should get some fast speeds, but the first device capable of getting more top speeds will be the T-Mobile G2. T-Mobile’s network has a theoretical max of 21 Mbps but no devices can current support that speed yet.
T-Mobile promises to reach 200 million people by the end of the year, and says it will offer 42 Mbps top speeds in 2011. T-Mobile didn’t explicitly state how it will manage those increased speeds, but Canadian carriers Bell and TELUS promised a similar feature that will reach 42 Mbps through Dual Cell technology (using two simultaneous connections and resource allocation to increase speed).