Brazilian mobile operator Sercomtel Celular yesterday announced the launch of a commercial 3G/3.5G service in Londrina. The company’s new network will operate in the 850MHz band and will utilise High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) technology to deliver a theoretical maximum data throughput of 14.4Mbps (download) and 5.7Mbps (upload). At launch the operator is offering a range of service plans based on USB modem devices for connecting a laptop or PC. Five plans in all are offered with speeds ranging from 250kbps for USD39.90 per month, rising to USD119.90 for a 2Mbps service. Sercomtel is kicking off its service with a promotion that lasts until 10 June 2009 under which people signing up will be given an unrestricted data cap. Huawei of China is supplying its E226 modem for the operator which will be charged on a sliding scale from USD175 down to just USD1 dependent on which price plan the customer chooses. Sercomtel is also offering a 3G phone option based on six tariff plans – 30 minutes to 600 minutes per month – with monthly rental prices starting at USD49.90.