T-Mobile targeting to Aim At 650 Mbps Wireless

According to a joint press release by T-Mobile and Nokia Siemens, the two companies are collaborating on the Long Term HSPA Evolution standard, which they promise will someday be able to deliver speeds upwards of 650 Mbps downstream. The announcement comes on the heels of T-Mobile (and everybody else) ignoring new ITU standards declaring that nothing currently being deployed under the "next gen" or 4G label is actually 4G. As you'd expect, the company argues that this technology, which actually would be 4G, will be a competitive counterpunch to the LTE standard:

"We strongly believe in continued HSPA evolution in parallel to the further development of LTE and LTE Advanced,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. ‘’Long Term HSPA Evolution will allow us to enhance our 4G mobile broadband network beyond its current and planned near term capabilities, and provide room for considerable growth and speed enhancements. As customer demand for wireless data increases, we are well positioned to compete based on the speed, breadth and evolution path of our mobile broadband service."
To hit those speeds, the companies are proposing combining up to eight channels into one data link, and hope to counter spectrum limitations by combining spectrum from more than one frequency band. There's a unique set of supply challenges in the fact that the majority of the world's largest phone companies are embracing LTE (Sprint too is likely making the jump), so the majority of chipset and gearmakers will place a priority on LTE accordingly.

T-Mobile recently deployed HSPA+ upgrades theoretically capable of 21 Mbps downstream, and is now pushing their network toward 40 Mbps. Pushing the existing network to 650 Mbps using HSPA is going to take a lot more than just a press release.


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