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Nokia Siemens' 'Multiflow' for HSPA+ Lets Phones Talk to 2 Cells

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keithfrombm

Feb 20, 2012, 10:03 AM
So is this as good news for these 2 as I'm interpreting it to be, or am I missing am element here?
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Jellz

Feb 20, 2012, 11:45 AM
Beyond the fact that data speeds are fast, I'm pretty sure this would greatly reduce dropped calls. Most dropped calls (if I'm remembering correctly) happen when handing off from one cell tower to another. If you can connect to both at once, that would allow for smooth transitions. So if AT&T and T-Mobile jump on this, they could become the two top dogs for "fewest dropped calls."
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dlmjr

Feb 20, 2012, 1:06 PM
One of the problems with LTE is passing from an LTE area to a non LTE area. The 'handoff' requires phones to shift gears so to speak and attempt to continue the call and or data stream without interruption of service.

This looks promising.

I really don't know how it would affect ATT or Tmob, unless you are talking about the roaming agreements between them and dropped call possibilities there.
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Tomdg07

Feb 20, 2012, 4:32 PM
dlmjr said:
One of the problems with LTE is passing from an LTE area to a non LTE area. The 'handoff' requires phones to shift gears so to speak and attempt to continue the call and or data stream without interruption of service.

This looks promising.

I really don't know how it would affect ATT or Tmob, unless you are talking about the roaming agreements between them and dropped call possibilities there.


You are aware currently voice services do not utilize LTE correct? When connected to LTE the device actually has to falls back, off of LTE network, to handle the voice call.
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keithfrombm

Feb 20, 2012, 1:11 PM
After reading it a couple of times, my understanding is thus: in order to use HSPA Multiflow, you'd need new equipment--phones, tablets, etc.--that was compatible with it, even though a simple software upgrade would make it possible at the towers. It wouldn't help or hurt existing devices. So, short-term, no gain, but long-term, big help, literally potentially doubling network speed and capacity.
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