HSPA+ Multiflow will double speeds and make an appearance at MWC
posted by Michael H. / Feb 20, 2012, 11:28 AM
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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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.
posted on Feb 20, 2012, 4:12 PM 1
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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.
posted on Feb 20, 2012, 5:36 PM 3
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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.
posted on Feb 20, 2012, 11:50 PM 1
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