Vodafone Ireland has launched a dual-carrier HSPA evolution (DC-HSPA+) mobile broadband service in the Republic – claiming a first for the country. The cellco’s new service will cost EUR34.99 (USD47.80) per month including VAT and will offer peak theoretical download speeds of 42Mbps. SiliconRepublic.com quotes Vodafone’s chief technology officer Fergal Kelly as saying that in practice, peak transmission speeds ‘will be limited to 32.4Mbps of the design threshold after overheads and signalling are removed’. Moreover, in typical conditions users could expect peak speeds of 27Mbps and an average of 10Mbps, he said. Vodafone’s ultra-high speed DC-HSPA+ service has already been enabled in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and Kilkenny, as well as in major towns such as Bray, Carlow, Drogheda, Dundalk, Ennis, Greystones, Naas, Navan and Swords. Vodafone hopes to complete its national rollout of the technology in the next twelve to 18 months.