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

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Feb 20, 2012, 8:39 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Feb 20, 2012, 8:40 AM

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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Feb 21, 2012, 4:47 PM

HSPA+ is looking good

50% faster response times? double Data rate? Far less dropped calls? No stupid battery drain like LTE?

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.

Feb 20, 2012, 1:20 PM

What it really means

Is that, instead of trying to concoct a scheme to create a monopoly (while punishing and insulting their most loyal customers) AT&T and T-Mobile should've spent some time actually working on their network. A simple software solution? Just goes to show, AT&T is once again wrong: it's not simply a need for more bandwidth that's lacking in their network: it's innovation.
The "simple software solution" was just announced today. How does that show that anyone is wrong?
These comments seem to contain much incorrect speculation or outright misinterpretation as to what Multiflow will do.

One, Multiflow will not double capacity. It appears to be a soft handoff scheme for HSPA+ data. It will improve data rates near ...
reading comprehension isn't one of the things I'd list on my resume if I were you

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...

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?
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 woul...
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