While the debate continues over whether or not T-Mobile actually has a 4G network as advertised, a new independent third-party study has turned in results stating that the wireless carrier delivers the fastest wireless data performance in the top 100 U.S. markets.
The carrier is now offering service using the HSPA+ standard, which brings theoretical peak download speeds of 21 Mbps. It has also installed very fast connections from its cell towers to the Internet.
In addition, T-Mobile intends to offer even faster speeds by upgrading its network to offer 42 Mbps theoretical speeds in 2011, according to Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer for T-Mobile USA.
Previously, people have taken issue with the 4G moniker attached to the T-Mobile network, claiming that the network isn’t fast enough to qualify. While this may be true, technically no network in existence even comes close to the International Telecommunication Union’s definition of 4G, which is when a mobile device can exchange data at 100 Mbit/sec.
With the recent study results, however, it seems that T-Mobile has now surpassed the data speeds of Sprint’s established network—which most people agree can be referred to as 4G—perhaps settling the debate over whether or not T-Mobile’s network can also be called 4G.