T-Mobile boosts speed of Austin-area network
T-Mobile USA Inc. has upgraded its network in Austin to handle faster data speeds for users of smart phones and mobile laptop computers.
Austin is now one of 50 U.S. metro areas served by T-Mobile that now offers the HSPA+ upgrade to its existing 3G (thirdgeneration) network.
The company, which is owned by Germany-based Deutsche Telecom AG, expects its upgrade will be delivered to 100 top U.S. metro areas by the end of this year.
The company said 16 of its current 3G devices will benefit from the higher speeds in the new network. It also announced the WebConnect Rocket, a device that connects to a mobile computer’s USB port, as its first device that is designed for its new faster network.
The device is being offered in combination with Dell Inc.’s Inspiron Mini 10 netbook, which is T-Mobile’s first netbook.