Mobitel announces HSDPA upgrade, orders 3G gateway

4 Oct 2006

Slovenian mobile market leader Mobitel has begun upgrading its 3G network with High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) technology, enabling mobile data downloads speeds in excess of 1Mbps and up to a maximum 3.6Mbps, around ten-times current maximum transfer speeds over its W-CDMA infrastructure. Mobitel general manager Bojan Dremelj, who is also the chairman of parent telco Telekom Slovenije, said that the upgrade was worth EUR5 million. He added that the company was certain the investment would pay off, as it would allow users to access new, bandwidth-hungry content. The process of upgrading Mobitel’s 3G network, which covers more than 55% of Slovenia’s population, is to be concluded ‘in the coming months’, with rollout to begin in Ljubljana. Also this week, Mobitel announced that it has selected Dilithium Networks’ DTG 2000 multimedia gateway for the delivery of multimedia and enhanced video services across mobile and IP networks. The gateway enables improved lip synchronisation in video calling, and incorporates Dilithium’s Video Gateway Platform Solution for fixed-to-mobile convergent applications and value added services.