T-Mobile USA upgrading coastal markets to HSPA+

T-Mobile USA indicated it will soon deploy its HSPA+ network upgrade in cities along the East and West Coasts.

Dave Mayo, in an interview with GigaOM, said the carrier already has upgraded its HSPA network in major cities along the California coast, and "major cities from Washington, D.C., to Boston" will soon be upgraded. In January, T-Mobile said it deployed HSPA 7.2 network technology across its entire footprint as part of a prelude to HSPA+, which will offer theoretical peak download speeds of 21 Mbps.

T-Mobile said it plans to deploy HSPA+ across most of its network by the end of 2010 and that the service would cover about 205 million people. The company had previously stated it would have HSPA+ broadly deployed by mid-2010.

Since T-Mobile lacks a wireline infrastructure to provide backhaul, Mayo said T-Mobile is purchasing fiber with 20 Mbps of capacity to about 7 percent of its cell towers and will increase fiber deployments to about 25 percent of its towers in the coming weeks.

For more:
- see this GigaOM post

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