The operator announced Thursday morning that it has added 41 additional markets to its HSPA+ upgrade program, bringing the total to 96 towns and cities. The new sites include Albuquerque, N.M.; Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Sacramento and San Diego, Calif.; Salt Lake City, Utah and San Antonio, Texas.
The service builds on the 21Mbit/s HSPA+ service (marketed as 4G) that T-Mobile says already covers 200 million Americans. The "HSPA+ 42" upgrade should enable average download speeds "approaching 10Mbps with peak speeds of 27Mbps on the [42 Mbit/s-capable] T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 laptop stick," according to the operator.
Why this matters T-Mobile's HSPA+ 42 upgrade should enable it to keep on the shoulder of the download speeds offered with upgrades like Verizon Wireless 's 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) service, which is now in 73 cities in the U.S. (See Verizon Adds 19 New 4G LTE Markets.)
The 42Mbit/s deployment could also prove useful to T-Mobile's likely future owner, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T). Ma Bell is working on its own 21Mbit/s HSPA+ upgrades right now and planning to launch its first LTE markets later this summer. The 42 HSPA+ service that T-Mobile is brewing up could eventually provide a fast fallback for customers as AT&T rolls out its LTE network over the coming years. (See AT&T Building Islands of LTE in 2011.)
Read about T-Mobile's rapid network evolution below:
- T-Mobile Busts Out With 42Mbit/s Service
- AT&T: Expect More 4G from T-Mobile Buy
- T-Mobile Brings HSPA+ to 10 New Markets
- Big AT&T & T-Mobile 4G Buildout Ahead?
- Is 4G Worth Losing T-Mobile?
- T-Mobile Demos 42Mbit/s HSPA+ in NYC
- T-Mobile Lights Up 42 Mbit/s
- MWC 2010: T-Mobile Boosts Backhaul
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile