Vodafone Spain to launch HSDPA next week, papers say

15 Jun 2006

Mobile operator Vodafone Spain has revealed plans to offer commercial HSDPA services from 21 June, writes Telecompaper. The service will initially be available to laptop datacard users in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Valencia, Bilbao, Zaragoza, Malaga and Albacete, with extended coverage and handset-based services to be available before year end. Vodafone Spain began testing HSDPA services using equipment supplied by Nortel in Salamanca in March. It says the network provides users of its Vodafone Mobile Connect 3G datacard with downloads at speeds of up to 1.4Mbps. Additionally, some new laptops manufactured by Lenovo and Acer are being sold with Vodafone’s HSDPA card built into them.

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