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Wireless

T-Mobile activates 3G in Louisiana

T-mobile 3G New Orleans
T-Mobile becomes the latest wireless company to activate 3G service in the New Orleans metro area. – Image credit: T-mobile

T-Mobile, the fourth largest wireless carrier in the United States, finally activated their high-speed 3G network. The carrier became the last major network in New Orleans to support high-speed Internet downloads. The 3G network covers Orleans, Jefferson, and parts of St. Tammany, St. Bernard, St. Charles and northern Plaquemines parishes. The 3G network also includes Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and Shreveport, Louisiana.

The carrier turned on the 3G network “on September 30th,” Amanda Ginther, spokesperson for T-Mobile told ControlAltTV in an e-mail interview. “T-Mobile USA’s 3G network is currently covers 240 U.S. cities, reaching more than 170 million people.”

In addition to faster download speeds, Ginther also announced that the 3G network will be upgraded to HSPA 7.2, meaning that download speeds on the network can reach 7.2Mpbs. T-mobile is also testing HSPA+ in Philadelphia, which will provide download speeds up to 21Mbps. The company is anticipating a mid-2010 nationwide rollout of HSPA+ on the existing 3G network.

When asked if other areas – like Gulfport/Biloxi, Mobile, Pensacola, and Jackson – will be upgrading to the 3G network, Ginther declined to comment on future expansion plans.