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HSDPA is growing, Vodafone is helping

The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) is reporting that the number of countries where HSDPA mobile broadband networks are planned, in deployment or launched has now reached 50. An evolution of the W-CDMA standard, High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) is a new mobile telephony protocol that provides a smooth evolutionary path for UMTS networks, increasing the available data rate by a factor of 5 or more. The GSA estimates that at least 63 HSDPA networks will have commercially launched by the end 2006.

Not to be outdone by the GSA in HSDPA news, Vodafone UK has announced today that it is launching its 3G upgrade for several cities within the UK. Greater London (within the M25), Glasgow, Sheffield, Greater Manchester and Tyneside will be the first major UK cities to experience the HSDPA network upgrade. Best of all, Vodafone does not plan to charge a premium over standard 3G services for the HSDPA upgrade.

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3 Responses to “HSDPA is growing, Vodafone is helping”

  1. BlackBerry Cool » Vodafone makes case for 3G
    June 21st, 2006 08:32

    […] While talking about plans to upgrade their 3G networks today, Vodafone UK also released some interesting statistics on 3G adoption. Citing stats from a 3G network trial among Vodafone customers earlier this year, the UK operator claimed that 73% of trialists said they would prefer to use 3G broadband instead of WiFi in the future after experiencing 3G broadband. Interestingly, 85% said they would prefer to use 3G broadband over hotel provided broadband, while 87% said they would recommend 3G broadband. […]

  2. BlackBerry Cool » Mobile industry jumping past 3G
    June 27th, 2006 09:54

    […] Analysts at Research and Markets have released a new report on the mobile industry entitled “2006 Global Mobile Data - battle between HSDPA and WiMAX.” Interestingly, the report states that while most countries have yet to fully invest in 3G networks, the industry is already moving towards 3.5G (or 3.25G, whatever you want to call it) technologies (see Vodafone’s HSDPA announcement for an early indication of this). […]

  3. BlackBerry Cool » Verizon Improves EV-DO network
    June 28th, 2006 07:39

    […] CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A is an enhanced version of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO that increases the efficiency, data speeds and capacity of existing EV-DO networks (similar to an HSDPA upgrade to UMTS networks). EV-DO Rev. A enables users to receive data at speeds up to 3.1 Megabits per second and send data at speeds of up to 1.8 Mbps. These increased data speeds reduce data latency and will enable Verizon to deliver VoIP and other high-end 3G multimedia services. […]

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