No, there are already plans to offer theoretical 84Mbps speeds by 2011 using the HPSA+ Dual Carrier plus MIMO technology, and with Telstra also planning its own LTE network, while on the verge of offering LTE-like speeds in the near future.
As an example, Thodey thundered thusly: 'With HSPA+ Dual Carrier technology we expect to offer speeds that are comparable to the initial speeds we have seen reported from some fledgling 4G LTE networks. Put simply HSPA+ Dual Carrier will give Australians the bandwidth to operate their wireless devices at consistently high speeds."
He continued, remarking that: "While LTE remains on Telstra's technology roadmap there is a huge amount of potential remaining in HSPA+. We will take full advantage of this by again doubling our peak network speeds to 84Mbps through the implementation of HSPA+ Dual Carrier plus MIMO technology during 2011.'
Given the larger than normal USB-stick size of the new HSPA+ modem to accommodate that dual carrier technology, it's hard to see how it will fit into today's generation of smartphones, leaving aside the battery life sucking characteristics of going so blazingly fast over a wireless connection, but if the trend towards continual minituarisation continues apace, it might take a couple of years, but it surely will happen.
So, if you feel the need, the need for speed'¦ then you'll have to slam on the brakes until Telstra's 42Mbps HSPA+ USB modem comes to market, or cruise along with a 21Mbps model until then, while waiting for Optus and Vodafone (with 3) to start making some super speedy announcements of their own!