For the longest time, San Francisco has been a bit of a laggard when it comes to wireless broadband. All that is going to change as the city by the Bay is on its way to gain access to not one, but two, LTE networks, a superfast HSPA+ network and a new blazingly fast WiMAX-based network.
- MetroPCS (s PCS) will launch its LTE network in San Francisco by Christmas, COO Tom Keys told Stacey at our Mobilize 2010 conference, a fact he reconfirmed in an offline conversation.
- The Clearwire/Sprint (s clwr) (s s)4G network (based on WiMAX) is currently operational in San Francisco, as Ryan Kim noted last month. I’ve been using the brand new Samsung Galaxy for Sprint (s S) and I can tell you, the network is blazingly fast.
- It seems Verizon (s VZ) is going to make some sort of announcement about LTE availability at CTIA this week. The New York-based company says its network will cover about 100 million markets and 30 major metro markets. We’re hearing the Bay Area might be one of the first to get LTE in the country. I wouldn’t be surprised, considering Verizon’s closest partner, Google (s GOOG) is based in Mountain View.
- T-Mobile USA recently launched HSPA+ (popularly known as 3.5G wireless technology) in San Francisco, and today they released phones that can actually use that network.
The availability of these higher speed networks can help developers and the software community to think and build mobile apps that are optimized for superphones connected to higher speed networks. For rest of us, downloading email, checking sports scores and surfing the web will become a more enjoyable experience.
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