Nokia Siemens' 'Multiflow' for HSPA+ Lets Phones Talk to 2 Cells
Nokia Siemens Networks today announced a new technology for HSPA+ networks that will allow devices to connect to two separate cells at one time. Nokia Siemens says that Multiflow can be used when a device is at the edge of one cell to connect to the neighboring cell simultaneously. The name "Multiflow" was chosen because data flows in two different directions when the device is connected to two different base stations. Nokia Siemens says the technology makes more efficient use of network resources, and delivers twice the data speed and up to 50% faster response times compared to today's HSPA+ networks. Nokia Siemens says that network operators can upgrade from their current HSPA+ deployments to Multiflow with a software usdate at their base stations. Nokia Siemens expects Multiflow to be 3GPP standardized by mid 2012 and launched commercially by mid 2013.
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HSPA+ is looking good
HSPA+ is starting to sound mighty good, even if it does take a year to implement this change, HSPA+ will be far better than it is now, and possibly better than LTE by that time.
What it really means
One, Multiflow will not double capacity. It appears to be a soft handoff scheme for HSPA+ data. It will improve data rates near ...
the software change would be needed to accomodate the new chips in Nokia phones or of manufacturers who utilize their chips....
until such time as the chips are in...