January 6, 2011 | by Michael Heller
Last month, I reported that T-Mobile had joined forces with Nokia Siemens Networks on their Long Term HSPA Evolution (LTHE) project, which is a plan to eventually bring 650 Mbps speeds to their network. Today, T-Mobile has announced that they are planning to hit Release 8 of that plan in 2011, which would bring theoretical top speeds of 42 Mbps.
Currently, T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network (call it whatever G you find fitting) is capable of a theoretical max of 21 Mbps.
T-Mobile did a test of their newly launched HSPA+ in Las Vegas, and during the announcement said that the current speeds were comparable to Verizon’s LTE at about 8.5 Mbps actual speed, while Sprint’s WiMax came in at only 3 Mbps. T-Mo went on to do a test of the upgraded system in the conference and showed speeds of 28.6Mbps, though without regular network traffic, in a controlled setting, those numbers can be taken with a grain of salt.
Still, T-Mobile has high hopes for HSPA+. They say that their HSPA+ network covers 200 million people, which they say is 40% larger than Verizon’s newly launched LTE service, and 40% bigger than Sprint’s WiMax service which launched 2 years ago.