T-Mobile is gearing up to announce at the Consumer Electronics Show that it will be upgrading its HSPA+ network, which the carrier is proudly advertising as 4G, to accomodate faster 42 Mbps download speeds. Of course, 42 Mbps is the theoretical maximum, and real-world use will be slower than that. The carrier currently operates an HSPA+ network that’s capable of 21 Mbps, about half of what will be available after CES, and users have reported averages of between 4 and 7 Mbps in most areas with HSPA+ 4G capable devices, like the myTouch 4G or the T-Mobile G2 Android smartphones. The carrier says that the new 42 Mbps network will launch in 2011, and that new devices–smartphones and tablets–are expected to arrive in 2011 as well to take advantage of the faster network.
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