T-Mobile Says 4G Isn't Important - The UpStream

T-Mobile Says 4G Isn't Important

posted Sunday Oct 3, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

T-Mobile Says 4G Isn't Important

T-Mobile's USA Chief Network Officer Neville Ray seems to think 4G networks are just not important, but if T-Mobile were do have to choose, they'd pick LTE.

We'll look towards LTE at the right point in time for us. That ecosystem is going to be much richer than the competing one from WiMax, which is really a niche play.

Fourth-generation networks promise average download speeds of about 10 megabits per second, compared with 1.7 megabits per second for 3G.

For why Ray thinks this way, follow the break.

T-Mobile has finally gotten a hold of HSPA+, which is a 3G network, and Ray seems to think it can rival the speeds of 4G.

We're not waiting for the technology choice, we have the right technology to deliver that experience today.

Ray would not comment on whether T-Mobile has talked to Clearwire to use the available bandwidth on WiMax or anything of the like. Interestingly enough, Clearwire did say last week that it was talking to T-Mobile recently, but they did not disclose what about. Ray also wouldn't say when T-Mobile would start offering 4G in the US. My guess would be some time in 2020.

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