Telus to up HSPA+ 3G speeds to 42Mbps

August 3, 2010, By Thomas Antony

Amidst all this hubub about 4G and LTE and WiMax, Telus has just made the claim of being the first carrier in North America to support the maximum speed possible using HSPA+ technology on its 3G network. Their HSPA+ Dual Cell doubles the peak speeds of the technology bringing it to 42Mbps.This would bring in an almost 4G like experience with some 14Mbps datarate in real-world conditions. Currently HSPA+ can deliver 7Mbps in actual use conditions.

Using HSPA+ Dual Cell technology, the 3G wireless network uses advanced multiplexing techniques to combine two wireless data carriers, operating at manufacturer-rated speeds of up to 21 Mbps each, into a single carrier with manufacturer-rated downlink speeds up to 42 Mbps.
The technology is still in an early stage, but Telus has already finished testing of the faster HSPA+ system and new Dual Cell compatible devices are expected to be available by early 2011. The first devices supporting the technology are expected to be routers and modems. The only other carrier in the world to have deployed the HSPA+ Dual Cell technology is Telstra in Australia. Telus is still has plans to move to its LTE 4G network but considers the 42Mbps Dual Cell system a bridge to the faster 4G network.

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