HSDPA launch expected next week

5 Sep 2006

Vodafone New Zealand is planning to introduce HSDPA-based advanced 3G services on 12 September. Local website Geekzone reports that the services will be offered under the name ‘3G Broadband’, with the HSDPA upgrade enabling maximum data rates of 1.8Mbps initially, with a further upgrade to a maximum 3.6Mbps expected to follow. Trials of the technology have been conducted in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Vodafone’s rival in the cellular market, Telecom, is expected to upgrade its own CDMA2000 1x systems to EV-DO Revision A before the end of the year, giving top data speeds of 3.1Mbps and realistic transfer rates of between 600kbps and 800kbps.

New Zealand, Vodafone New Zealand