NEW YORK, May 5 (Reuters) - T-Mobile USA, the fourth biggest U.S. mobile service, said on Monday it launched its first commercial high-speed wireless service in New York City, and plans to expand the service to 20 to 25 other major U.S. markets by the end of the year.
The service will initially boost T-Mobile’s wireless Web speeds to a range of 200 kilobits per second (kbps) to 300 kbps from its current speed of 50 kbps to 80 kbps, helping it to catch up with bigger rivals that have long had such speeds.
T-Mobile USA, owned by Deutsche Telekom AG (DTEGn.DE), said that once it comes out with at least one new phone in the third quarter its average data speed will increase to 600 kbps.
Its network is based on HSDPA, a high-speed technology used by its biggest rival AT&T Inc (T.N). (Reporting by Sinead Carew; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)