Si.Mobil demonstrates HSDPA

27 Mar 2007

Slovenian cellco Si.Mobil recently demonstrated HSDPA services, and says that it plans to launch commercial 3G/3.5G services in the third quarter of this year. Si.Mobil, the country’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, is in the process of building a W-CDMA network after winning a 15-year UMTS licence with a bid of USD8.2 million in September 2006. It says that the network will offer HSDPA access in Ljubljana and Maribor by the end of the year, and later in all large cities. Si.Mobil also says that it has expanded its ‘2.75G’ EDGE data network to 90% of the population to fill in gaps in its 3G footprint, and that it will continue to expand EDGE coverage. The country’s only active 3G provider, Mobitel, launched W-CDMA services in selected areas in December 2003, and after expanding its coverage, signed up around 60,000 users by the end of 2006.