PCCW deploys Huawei’s dual carrier 42Mbps HSPA+ solution

23 Aug 2010

Chinese technology provider Huawei has deployed its dual carrier HSPA+ solution for Hong Kong’s PCCW Mobile, enabling it to increase its theoretical peak downstream data speed from 21Mbps to 42Mbps. PCCW’s website confirms its maximum HSPA+ speed capability of 42Mbps, although it notes that devices to take advantage of the new configuration are not commercially available on the network yet. The site says that ‘mobile download speeds will be multiplied when 42Mbps HSPA+ devices become available.’ It adds that, when the service does become available, ‘42Mbps is the network specification and will not correspond to the speed experienced by an individual customer [which] will be significantly less … and will be affected by the user’s device, transmission technology, individual network and software used, network configuration and coverage, usage levels and extraneous factors.’ Wan Biao, President of Wireless, Huawei, said: ‘With the launch of this enhanced HSPA+ network with dual carrier technology, leading operators like PCCW will be able to handle even larger volumes of data traffic. By incorporating Huawei’s end-to-end HSPA+ solution, PCCW’s enhanced HSPA+ network is set to give its mobile broadband customers a greatly enhanced user experience.’