US gets first commercial HSPA+ network thanks to BendBroadband. [Update]

by Mike
Posted December 16th, 2009 at 6:44 am


Here we are thinking that some big money making corporate machine such as AT&T was going to launch the first HSPA+ network in the states. It takes money to put up and support all of the physical and digital mojo behind such a network which is why the obvious default to the countries largest GSM provider was a given — or so we thought. Thanks to BendBroadband, a central Oregon cable company, the US does now in fact have the sweet, speedy waves of HSPA+ blanketing the fortunate few. Those lucky enough to have found themselves in central Oregon and also a customer of BendBroadband will find their mobile browsing speeds somewhere in the neighborhood of 6-8Mbps down.

Wondering if you’re covered?

  • North to south coverage: From Madras to La Pine.
  • East to west coverage: From Prineville to Sisters.

What’s nice for central Oregon users eying a possible switch to BendBroadband is that the region in the northwest and even far west as a whole isn’t exactly a wireless hotbed. I mean, coverage on any carrier isn’t as bullet proof as the maps show for central and eastern residents of the US. (Anyone care to chime in?)

One thing is for sure, the added competition that just popped up in Oregon is a god send to the area. If any central Oregon natives were feeling down because of a lack in carrier selections or mobile broadband speeds, they can now feel exponentially better about themselves. They’ve just gone from the back of the pack to the front in no time flat.

Now if only BendBroadband would go national…

**Update: As mentioned below by Frank, the service is for fixed routers or USB modems.

**Update 2: Unlocked devices in the AWS spectrum are game as well!


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  • Frank Miller
    December 16, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Our UE’s (router / USB modem) are the first productionHSPA+ devices in the AWS spectrum in the United States. At the current time, I am not aware of any HSPA+ handsets in the AWS spectrum, just a subsets of HSPA handsets (e.g. G1).

  • Frank Miller
    December 16, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Mike, if your UE is unlocked our SIM will work in your device if it is HSPA / HSPA+ in the AWS bandplan.

    Frank Miller
    CTO / BendBroadband

    • Mike
      December 16, 2009 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks Frank

  • Molly Renner
    December 16, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Mike, I noticed that our old logo is posted along with our recent wireless announcement. We rebranded our company in late summer of this year so if you need our updated logo, please email me at [email protected]. Thanks and have a great day.

  • Frank Miller
    December 16, 2009 at 9:53 am

    The service is via either fixed HSPA+ router (NAT/802.11n) or nomadic HSPA+ USB modem. HSPA+ provides a viable and cost effective solution for rural broadband needs with a solid upgrade path to LTE.

    • Mike
      December 16, 2009 at 10:14 am

      So no support for HSPA+ mobile phones?

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