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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

T-Mobile Gets Real on LTE

Source: Unstrung
T-Mobile International AG says it's as keen as ever on Long-Term Term (LTE) evolution, but the operator doesn't see wide-scale deployments starting until 2011.

"From a technology perspective, the key components [for LTE] will be mainly in place in the latter half of 2010, but other obstacles such as spectrum could put the whole launch date in question," T-Mobile CEO Hamid Akhavan said here at a press conference today.

But before LTE arrives, Akhavan still has plans for beefing up T-Mobile's 3G network. He said T-Mobile will introduce 14.4 Mbit/s HSDPA this year, as soon as devices become available, which will be some time in the second quarter of this year. In addition, the operator plans to test evolved HSPA (or HSPA+) at both 21 Mbit/s and 28 Mbit/s in 2009.

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