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Vodafone Admits 16Mbps Mobile Broadband Trials

Gordon Kelly


Vodafone Plans 21Mbit Mobile Broadband Trials

Just got your head around ‘HSDPA'? Well, it could soon be time to move on...

Vodafone has today announced it has just successfully completed trials of 16Mbit ‘HSPA+' using technology (yes the acronym got a little better) on its Spanish network and says it has plans to test 21Mbit HSPA+ in the first quarter. Vodafone claimed this latter technology should deliver real world download speeds of up to 13Mbit in good conditions and guarantee a minimum of 4Mbit across its entire network.

"Successfully demonstrating a live HSPA+ high speed connection has been a key milestone in continuing to build confidence in this new technology," declared Vodafone Global Networks Director Andy MacLeod. "The results show that HSPA+ technology is well placed to further enhance our customers' mobile broadband experience through the evolution of our existing 3G networks."

Timeframes for a real world roll-out? Sadly we weren't that lucky but it does beg the question of how much longer we're really going to need our landlines. BT, feel free to start shaking uncontrollably anytime...

Rob Chapman

January 15, 2009, 10:29 pm

Nothing about increased upload?

People do send attachments you know!


January 16, 2009, 12:27 am

BT provide some pretty pricey fibre backhaul for Voda in the UK, so at least it's not a complete loss.

That said, I still can't see these speeds competing with fixed line if coverage, latency and reliability don't dramatically improve. What's the point of 'mobile' broadband at 21Mbit if it all goes to hell because you crossed your legs?


January 16, 2009, 12:33 am

Sympathies to Rob. It's not the speed I care about, it's the extortionate data caps that rule out mobile broadband as a viable option. I'd take a slow connection if it meant unlimited usage any day.


January 16, 2009, 1:11 am

@Rob - nothing specifically mentioned but HSPA+ can go to 6Mbit uploads quite easily so you should be ok.

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