Vodafone launches HSDPA

21 Jun 2006

Mobile operator Vodafone UK will tomorrow launch its first HSDPA wireless services in a handful of major cities, following successful trials of the W-CDMA upgrade in April. HSDPA will initially only be available to laptop datacard users, offering download speeds of up to 1.4Mbps (with an average of 400kbps to 700kbps) and upload speeds of up to 384kbps. So far Vodafone’s networks in Greater London (within the M25), Glasgow, Sheffield, Greater Manchester and Tyneside have been upgraded to HSDPA, with a nationwide rollout covering Vodafone’s entire W-CDMA footprint scheduled for completion by summer 2007.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Vodafone launched its first 3G services in the UK in April 2004. The service was initially only available to laptop users via its branded datacard, with a full commercial 3G handset service following in November that year.

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