Spain goes 3.5G crazy!

30 Jun 2006

Spain’s largest operator by subscribers, Telefónica Móviles España (TME), has said it will launch HSDPA services on 12 July, with coverage of 57 towns and cities at launch. It says it will offer connectivity at download speeds up to 3.6Mbps initially, rising to up to 14.4Mbps in the future. TME trialled the country’s first HSDPA service in June 2005 and has been testing the service in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. It had upgraded its entire network with HSDPA technology by the end of 2005 and plans to have 13,000 enabled base stations in operation by 2008. TME is the last mobile operator in Spain to launch so-called 3.5G services. Its rivals Vodafone Spain and France Télécom España launched commercial HSDPA services on 19 June and 21 June respectively.