VIPnet launches HSPA

7 Mar 2007

Croatian cellco VIPnet launched high speed packet access (HSPA) services on Monday, offering its users the Vodafone Mobile Connect HSDPA+ datacard. VIPnet launched its 3.5G high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) network in April 2006, and the new upgrade adds high speed uplink packet access (HSUPA) technology, which enables data uploading at speeds of up to 1.4Mbps (although this maximum rate is not currently supported by available devices). The operator, owned by Mobilkom Austria, claims that its new datacard will enable customers to download data from the internet at speeds of up to 3.6Mbps, whilst customers in Zagreb, Rijeka and Split will have the ability to upgrade their devices to reach maximum speeds of 7.2Mbps by the end of March. VIPnet has also introduced the Vodafone Mobile Connect Easy Start package for handset users, which includes a SIM card with a 3GB data allowance to be used within three months, whereupon users must choose one of the company’s data tariff plans. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, VIPnet had a total of 1.912 million subscribers at the end of 2006, up from 1.613 million a year earlier, with 329,000 post-paid customers (up from 252,000 in 2005), around 50,000 3G users and an approximate 44% share of the domestic market, behind leader T-Mobile Croatia.