A cryptic title today but here’s the thought: When looking at the UMTS landscape today, most networks are still 3GPP Release 6, i.e. HSDPA somewhere around 7.2 MBit/s and HSUPA 2 MBit/s. Agreed, there are some early deployments of Release 7 HSPA+ 21 MBit/s HSDPA to be found but these are not yet the norm. In contrast, 3GPP currently works on 3GPP Release 10 and some are already thinking ahead to Release 11. In other words, there’s a gap of 4 release cycles between theory and practice. In number of years, current networks trail the specification by around 5 years as according to the 3GPP website, work on Release 6 was complete in March 2005. So think about that when you hear or read something about features that have been specified lately.