T-Mo­bile boosts speed of Austin-area net­work

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS BRIEFING -

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.

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