Belgacom to launch HSDPA next week

8 Jun 2006

Belgacom Mobile, Belgium’s largest wireless operator by subscribers, has upgraded its W-CDMA network with HSDPA technology in seven cities, and will become the first operator in the country to offer so-called ‘3.5G’ services from next week. Belgacom, which offers mobile services under the Proximus banner, says that HSDPA will be available in Antwerp, Brussels, Charleroi, Ghent, Leuven, Liège and Namur from 15 June. It says the entire Proximus W-CDMA network will be equipped with HSDPA technology by the end of the year; by that date the cellco says it expects to have 3.5G coverage of 80% of the population. The service will initially only be accessible to users of the 3G Broadband Vodafone Mobile Connect datacard, enabling download speeds of up to 1.8 Mbps. HSDPA-enabled mobile handsets and downlink speeds of up to 3.6Mbps will be available by year end.