Bellevue, Wash. — T-Mobile expanded its HSPA+ data network to almost 50 markets, where a population of 85 million people are capable of receiving data wirelessly at what the carrier called 4G speeds.
The carrier said it’s on track to double the geographic footprint of its HSPA+ network by year’s end to 100 major metro areas, with a population of 185 million people. All users in HSPA+ markets will benefit from the technology’s full potential because of investments made in the carrier’s cell-site connections to the Internet, the company said.
As part of the rollout, the company plans summertime availability of its first HSPA+ phone and pointed out that 16 of its HSPA-equipped phonesget a speed boost when used in the HSPA+ markets, though not to full HSPA+ speeds.
Current T-Mobile 3G phones have the potential to double their peak theoretical speeds to 14.4Mbps, depending on their processing power, the carrier previously said.
“T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network now offers 4G speeds to more people than any other wireless network in the country,” claimed Neville Ray, TMobile’s chief network officer.
Also as part of the expansion, TMobile widened availability of its two HSPA+ USB modems to all T-Mobile stores in its HSPA+ markets. The newest USB modem is the WebConnect Rocket 2.0 USB Laptop Stick, which adds a rotating swiveling form factor.