T-Mobile USA’s CTO Cole Brodman gave us a glimpse of the kind of data that’s being transferred over its network during a chat at Mobilize in San Francisco, following the surprise announcement that Motorola’s first Android handset — the CLIQ — will be sold by the fourth-largest U.S. network.
Brodman made the bold claim today that the average T-Mobile subscriber sends more text messages than any other user base in the world. “Our users are sending 600 messages per user per month on average. And, a lot of the users on our higher-end smartphones update their status on social networks a couple times a week.”
He also send Android users are very active. He said the Android Market is close to having 10,000 applications and users are downloading an average of 40 applications each. That number is considerable given that the first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1 came with limited storage capacity, meaning that users will have to delete old apps to download new ones. The newer myTouch 3G does not have that same constraint.
Brodman said that in order to support the high-end phones and the increasingly number of applications, the carrier will be updating its 3G network to HSPA 7.2 by the end of this year, then will upgrade the network to HSPA 21 by next year. Brodman: “We are well aware of these growing devices,” he said.
Just yesterday, AT&T said it is turning on HSPA 7.2, in six major U.S. cities this year, including Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami, and will begin covering 90 percent of its existing 3G network by the end of 2011.