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T-Mobile Rolls Out HSPA+ 42 Mbps Across 55 Markets, Promising Much Faster Download Speeds

Authored by: Steven Blum — May 24, 2011

As of today, T-Mobile customers in 55 markets will have access to an increased 4G network speed, which promises theoretical peak download speeds of 42 megabites per second (Mbps).

Now, this is a big bold claim and we hope the truth lives up to the hype. Surely, you remember AT&T's LTE demo, which failed to reach the promised download speeds of 100 Mbps by about 70 Mbps.

 Currently, HSPA+ achieves download speeds of around 21 Mbps. Although you'll need new phones and modems to take advantage of the full speeds of HSPA +42, older, slower devices should also get faster. That's because part of the HSPA+ 42 upgrade is to upgrade the backhaul connections to T-Mobile's cell towers, which benefits all of their devices.

With the AT&T buyout looming on the horizon, the future of T-Mobile's entire HSPA system is anyone's guess. When AT&T announced its intention to aquire T-Mobile, it said it would eventually turn off T-Mobile's HSPA+ network to use the airwaves for LTE. T-Mobile can't guarantee that its network will remain intact if the merger goes through.

Source: Engadget

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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