HSPA+ evolution (naturally) selected by DNA

16 Jun 2009

Finnish telco DNA Finland has announced that it is preparing to introduce maximum download speeds of up to 21Mbps for its 3G subscribers. DNA will upgrade its network with HSPA+ technology, which will also increase upload speeds to 5.8Mbps. The operator has revealed plans to conduct technical tests over the summer period, and it hopes to launch its HSPA+ upgrade commercially in autumn 2009. All base stations in use by the operator, provided by Ericsson, are already compatible with HSPA+ technology, and DNA has said it will only require a software update to deploy the increased speeds across its entire network. Tommy Olenius, DNA’s technical director, said of the plans: ‘Our objective is to continue improving our customer experience by investing in network transfer speeds and capacity. Increasing the geographical coverage of our 3G network is a vital part of these efforts.’ Additionally, the operator claims to have doubled its geographical coverage over the last six months, and expects to achieve nationwide W-CDMA/HSPA coverage by 2013.

Finland, DNA Finland