Pelephone to launch HSPA in 2008

21 Nov 2006

Israeli mobile operator Pelephone has revealed plans to roll out a High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network, representing an about turn in its current CDMA-based services strategy. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Pelephone, a wholly owned subsidiary of fixed line incumbent Bezeq, is Israel’s only CDMA-based operator and its current 3G offering is based on CDMA2000 1xEV-DO technology. Pelephone won UMTS spectrum in the 2000MHz band in December 2001, but has yet to utilise the frequency to roll out W-CDMA services as employed by its rivals. It now looks set to leapfrog W-CDMA altogether and move straight to the HSPA upgrade. As Pelephone does not currently operate either GSM or W-CDMA-based networks, the HSPA rollout will necessitate a heavy infrastructure investment. The cellco expects to launch the new network, which will be enabled with High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) technology, in 2008; HSUPA provides both increased uplink and download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps/5Mbps (down/up). It will offer HSPA alongside its portfolio of CDMA services.

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