T-Mobile International AG is the latest major mobile operator to step up the pressure on equipment vendors to speed development of the so-called 4G technology, Long-Term Evolution.
Chief technology officer Joachim Horn says that T-Mobile will not deploy high-speed packet access (HSPA) evolution (HSPA+) to get more out of its 3G mobile broadband network and will instead move straight on to LTE.
"If I need to invest into more hardware, I think it's better to start early [with LTE]. LTE is a more future-oriented technology," Horn told Unstrung on the sidelines of the Financial Times World Telecoms Conference in London this week.
Interesting comment from T-Mobile that it would skip HSPA+ and go directly to LTE since most of UMTS operators are opting to delay LTE as much as possible to maximize their HSPA investment. T-Mobile follows NTT-DOCOMO as the early LTE deploying operator. - Hyung