HSPA+ Multiflow will double speeds and make an appearance at MWC

HSPA+ Multiflow will double speeds and make an appearance at MWC
Nokia Siemens Networks has announced that it will be showing off the next step in HSPA+ technology at the Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona. The tech has been dubbed "HSPA+ Multiflow", which will allow mobile devices to connect to two cell towers simultaneously. This will help both connectivity, by making sure devices can connect to a second tower when signal is fading, and can also greatly increase data speeds. According to Nokia Siemens, this could effectively double HSPA+ data speeds and increase response times by 50%. 

Nokia Siemens is hoping that the feature will be standardized by 3GPP by the middle of 2012, and will be available by the second half of 2013. 

This technology is something that we've been expecting for a while, as T-Mobile had it as part of its Long Term HSPA Evolution plans in late 2010, although then it was simply referred to as MIMO (multi-in multi-out). With this new technology (and the next iteration which would allow for connectivity to 4 towers simultaneously), T-Mobile would be able to continue to increase HSPA+ downstream speeds to around 650 Mbps. And, given the company's nebulous plans for LTE adoption, it seems that may still be the plan. 

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11 Comments

1. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

i believe this is tmobile best bet in terms of advancement of hspa i dont see lte in there 2 to 3 year future

2. SGSII

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

This will kill LTE. I believe that it will.

3. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

YES! LTE-advanced speeds, minus the battery drain, and on magenta!

4. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

jesus, so 3g was better than 4g this whole time? awesome!!

5. flopjoke

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

Same "3G" awesomeness at twice the speed and lower battery brain than LTE. Yup, I like it.

6. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Does this mean tmo will get better phones, especially wp?

7. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

This is awesome to hear. Everyone screaming at T-Mobile for not adopting LTE should feel very dumb right now.

8. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Won't be available until at least mid 2012. & even though I live in the B/Washington area I averaged about 1.5 mbs on tmo's so called 4g. Thats pathetic. Switched to Verizon in dec. & just use 3g when trying to conserve battery.

9. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

even worse, this won't be available until mid 2013. T-Mo "4G" is definitely slower, but that's what you get for the price. Around Boston and NYC best I've seen is about 6-8Mbps, but usually its closer to around 3-4Mbps. Still, a comparable Verizon plan (2 person family plan with messaging, data, and mobile hotspot) would be about $70 more per month and I'd have to be on a contract, so that makes T-Mo worth it for me.

10. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

im on tmo's monthly4g. $30/month, all i can eat 4g. in my area i average 8-12mbps.

11. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

So each phone will connect to 2 towers simultaneously? Yeah... it gives you double the bandwidth but it's also doubling NETWORK TRAFFIC!! Doesn't anyone else see that? Instead of 6 million phone connections on the towers, you'll have 12 million phones having to be supported all at the same time. Hope they have plans to deal with that being spectrum is so scarce.

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