T-Mobile CTO Says 84Mbps HSPA+ Still a Possibility


Two weeks ago, we heard that T-Mobile had confirmed it was no longer planning to follow HSPA+ 42Mbps upgrades with those that would bring its network 84Mbps service. As it’s been focusing on introducing LTE instead, the carrier reportedly abandoned its future upgrade plans for HSPA+. That seemed like a rational enough decision, but now we’re hearing that HSPA+ may yet see 84Mbps service, at least according to T-Mobile’s CTO.

Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray recently participated in a question-and-answer session which T-Mobile published on its blog today. One question specifically regarded 84Mbps upgrades, and the chances of T-Mobile going ahead with them. Rather than the blanket dismissal we last heard, here Ray says that LTE is the clear focus, but that T-Mobile hasn’t closed the books on HSPA+ yet, and will keep thinking about introducing 84Mbps service. Personally, Ray says he “would like to see both technologies advance”.

Honestly, T-Mobile’s going to have a lot on its plate as it attempts to get ready for LTE service starting in 2013. It might be nice to get a few phones supporting 84Mbps before then, and see service introduced in a few major markets, but considering how late to the LTE game T-Mobile already is, maybe it would be better off just concentrating on LTE for now.

Source: T-Mobile

Via: Electronista

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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