Irish mobile operator Hutchison 3G Ireland and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) have completed an Internet High-Speed Packet Access (I-HSPA) upgrade on part of the cellco’s network, currently being rolled out as part of the National Broadband Scheme (NBS), which will be extended to 3’s existing network in the Republic. As a result of the tie-up with NSN, 3 will be able to offer business and residential users within the NBS coverage zone, access to high speed and high capacity broadband services. Meanwhile, maximum theoretical mobile download speeds are being upgraded from 7.2Mbps to 14.4Mbps. In preparation for the NBS project, 3’s W-CDMA network has been totally replaced with Flexi base station technology by the equipment maker. The upgrade took just one year – nearly two years ahead of the original schedule.