T-Mobile USA today announced the company has doubled the speed of its 4G network in 11 additional markets, offering faster 4G (HSPA+ 42) to nearly 180 million Americans in 163 markets. In addition, T-Mobile expanded the reach of its nationwide 4G (HSPA+ 21) network to 9 additional markets, now covering 208 markets across the country and reaching more than 200 million people.
HPSA+ 42 service is launching today in Bend, Medford and Corvallis, Ore.; Benton Harbor, Mich.; Bloomington, Champaign–Urbana and Springfield, Ill.; Columbus, Ga.; Hagerstown, Md.; Montgomery, Ala; Yuba City, Calif.
T-Mobile made a (marketing) case that it was “4G” because it was combining two channels together to double the speed from a theoredical 21Mbps of HSPA+ to 42 Mbps. T-Mobile says HSPA+ can get 21Mbps by using higher order modulation (64QAM). Bonding two channels gets it to 42Mbps. Under the tower.
T-Mobile is ganging two 5 MHz AWS-band channels together to double the speeds, a “multi-carrier” approach. HSPA+ can theoretically support up to 168 Mbit/s by using multiple carriers with MultiCell and MIMO together simultaneously. Wikipedia compares all the wireless data standards.
Other recent “4G” announcements in the United States include:
- AT&T will launch 4G LTE in six new markets on Nov. 20: Charlotte, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
- Verizon Wireless is turning on its LTE service in 14 new markets this week and expanding in four markets on Nov. 17, bringing its 4G service to a total of 179 markets across the United States. Verizon has some 16, LTE-enabled devices, including the new HTC Rezound and Motorola RAZR.
- Sprint’s 4G service incorporates Clear’s WiMAX service covering some 130 million people
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