T-Mobile Is Two Years Away from 3G

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Even though several other wireless carriers in the United States are already deploying high-speed wireless networks, T-Mobile USA says that it won’t begin to offer 3G service until 2007.

Although T-Mobile is only the fourth-largest wireless serice provider in the U.S., many handheld and smartphone owners use it because of T-Mobile’s relatively low price for unlimited data transfers.

According to Reuters, Robert Dotson, the CEO of T-Mobile USA, said this week that his company won’t have enough wireless spectrum to build a UMTS network for another couple of years.

Cingular, one of T-Mobile’s competitors, will have its UMTS network up and running in late 2005, while Verizon has a 3G network operating already in 16 cities.

Some Speed Increases Coming

However, this doesn’t mean that T-Mobile customers won’t see an increase in their Wireless Data speed before then. T-Mobile USA is currently upgrading its network with EDGE, which offers up to three times the data throughput of existing GSM/GPRS networks.

Still, UMTS is expected to be about three times faster than EDGE. It will offer average data speeds between 400 Kbps and 700 Kbps, with bursts of to several megabits per second.

It is expected to be fast enough to allow video streaming from wireless handhelds and smartphones, as well as advanced multi-player gaming.

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