So the word on the street according to T-Mobile USA is HSPA+ is like or better than ‘4G’. Well there is some strength in the argument if not all – let’s explore and see if the litmus test proves to be true. Interestingly enough, HSPA+ offers a better and cleaner solution at the moment for circuit switch calls and IRAT handover to GSM then LTE or WiMAX!
T-Mobile USA announced last week that it will increase the maximum possible data speeds offered on its upgraded 3G network to 42 Mbit/s in 2011. The fourth-ranked mobile operator in the US has been upgrading its GSM-based 3G network with a high-speed packet access plus (HSPA+) software update for months now. Upgraded markets offer a theoretical peak download speed of 21 Mbit/s. The operator has previously said that this translates into average download speeds in the 5-to-8-Mbit/s range using its HSPA+ webConnect Rocket laptop stick with peaks at 10 Mbit/s and over.
This already puts T-Mobile in the lane with Clearwire LLC average m..