Vodafone have been testing a high speed 3G broadband service in Newbury and are now able to start customer trials from April. Apparently Vodafone are hoping to be offering the High Speed Downlink Packet Access service to all major UK towns and by the end 2006.
These trials represent an important milestone in the evolution of the company’s 3G network. Tim Miles, CEO Vodafone UK said: ‘The start of our high speed 3G broadband trial marks our relentless commitment to offering the best possible experience to our customers. We have seen high demand for 3G since its launch two years ago and our customers are hungry for the improvements that HSDPA will deliver. These important trials are part of a continuing drive to lead the UK through superior network performance and a customer experience that is second to none.’
HSDPA not only offers speeds comparable to normal (PSTN or landline) broadband services with speeds of 3 times a normal 3G connection but it has far greater capacity as well. Traditional 3G services were limited to a certain number of users for each base station which caused problems scaling the service in the larger cities.
The high speed service will be gradually phased in throughout 2006 with customers in the South Eastern region the first to benefit.
The improved service will allow downloading of large documents at speeds previously only found on your home PC and this is great news for mobile phone users. For more details on this project and the latest Vodafone 3G enabled mobiles please click here.