TDC launches HSDPA

9 Jan 2008

Danish incumbent TDC has launched 3.5G high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) services, dubbed ‘Turbo 3G’. Turbo 3G will initially be available in cities on the islands of Bornholm, Zealand and Funen and in Southern Jutland, where TDC already has 3G coverage. Turbo 3G will be expanded to cover the rest of Jutland by the end of March 2008. The operator is investing DKK2 billion (USD395 million) to provide 99% coverage of both territory and population within three years, with at least 80% of Danes having access to Turbo 3G by the end of this year. At the same time, the former incumbent is expanding its network so that areas not covered by 3G/Turbo 3G will be covered by EDGE. Initially, maximum download speeds of up to 1.5Mbps will be possible, but over time speeds will increase to 3Mbps in the centres of Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus and Aalborg. A subscription to Turbo 3G will also include free usage of TDC’s network of over 700 Wi-Fi hotspots throughout Denmark.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, TDC’s Danish mobile operation had a shade under three million subscribers at the end of September 2007, giving it a 48% market share. It does not disclose the number of its 3G customers.

Denmark, TDC Mobile