T-Mobile, Vodafone race to offer faster HSDPA

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John Blau
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Thursday, March 15, 2007; 10:32 AM

Two big German mobile phone operators are racing to bring higher-speed data services to data-hungry customers on the go.

T-Mobile, the mobile phone arm of Deutsche Telekom AG, and Vodafone D2 GmbH, will demonstrate at the Cebit trade show higher data rates for two underlying 3G (third-generation) technologies: HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) and HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access), the companies announced at separate news conferences Wednesday in Hanover, Germany.

Visitors to the show will be able to test HSDPA service at data speeds up to 7.2M bps (bits per second) and HSUPA at speeds up to 1.45M bps at the T-Mobile and Vodafone booths.

That compares with the operators' current 3.6M bps HSDPA and 1M bps HSUPA.

Around the globe, enterprise users of mobile data service seek higher speeds to send and fetch large PowerPoint presentations and e-mail attachments as well as for using company intranet services more effectively.

T-Mobile plans to offer 7.2M bps HSDPA service later this year, according to Deutsche Telekom CEO Ren é Obermann.

Vodafone, which is currently testing 7.2M bps HSDPA in a handful of cities, plans to launch commercial services in several large metropolitan areas in the coming markets, a company spokeswoman said.

Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone Group PLC have regularly used Germany, Europe's largest mobile phone market, as a launching pad for new services, including high-speed mobile Internet.


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