T-Mobile's HSPA 7.2 to cover entire 3G network by year's end

T-Mobile's HSPA 7.2 to cover entire 3G network by year's end
The Android and Me web site checked in with T-Mobile to see just where the nation's fourth largest carrier stood on its HSPA 7.2 network upgrade. The great news for T-Mobile customers is that according to the carrier, the upgrade will be enabled over the entire 3G network by the end of the year. First, some background. T-Mobile's 3G network now reaches 250 U.S. cities, or 180 million people. By year's end the 3G coverage will reach two-thirds of the population or 200 million POPs.

After HSPA 7.2, the HSPA+ upgrade will be integrated into the T-Mobile network over the next several months with a expected nationwide deployment date in mid-2010. HSPA+ will allow for network throughput speeds 3 to 5 times faster than what you see with today's 3G networks. Theoretically, download speeds can reach 21Mbps.

Coming back to HSPA 7.2, not all of T-Mobile's devices will support the faster speeds and it is unclear if a software upgrade will be necessary. The devices that support HSPA 7.2 are the HTC G1, HTC myTouch 3G, Motorola CLIQ, Samsung Behold II, Touch Pro2 and the Dash 3G. If all goes as expected, T-Mobile customers using these models should start to experience faster speeds before the end of the year.

source: AndroidandMe

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