T-Mobile Germany reveals HSDPA plans for early 2006
Posted on 22-Jul-2005 09:10
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T-Mobile Germany has announced its plans to bring the HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) wireless technology to the market as early as March 2006. The company plans to have the service launched for commercial use during the CeBIT 2006.
Using HSDPA it will be possible to achieve up to 1.8Mbps (megabits per second) via T-Mobile’s UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) network. T-Mobile will test high-speed UMTS under real conditions in the coming months and promises to have HSDPA available wherever T-Mobile already provides UMTS coverage in Germany.
With this technology Internet access and data transmission via mobile communications can reach speeds comparable with the fixed-network DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) access.
"By introducing HSDPA, we are making high-speed UMTS possible, underlining once again our role as a leading innovator on the mobile communications market," said Joachim Horn, Director, Network Technology, at T-Mobile Deutschland. "Our goal is to provide our customers with the fastest possible transmission system, wherever they happen to be at the time. HSDPA is an important element and complements our existing range of technologies with GPRS, UMTS and W-LAN. T-Mobile already operates around 5,000 HotSpots in Germany, offering W-LAN and, in future, high-speed UMTS in many regions."
The HSDPA technology increases the available bandwidth for data transmission in the UMTS network by a factor of almost 5 from 384 kilobits to up to 1.8 megabits per second. In future, these speeds will then be increased step by step to 7.2 megabits per second. This makes HSDPA faster than many DSL basic accesses, allowing rapid access to very complex intranet applications or Internet sites. In addition, HSDPA involves far shorter delays, which is particularly helpful when using dialog-based applications such as Microsoft Outlook and Exchange Server, or centralized corporate applications. The third advantage of high-speed UMTS is that HSDPA allows far more users to benefit from higher speeds within the same cell than before.
T-Mobile is equipping the UMTS base stations with special HSDPA software to enable them to operate high-speed UMTS. In some cases, T-Mobile will also replace hardware. A selection of T-Mobile business customers will test high-speed UMTS in a range of pilots in various cities from September 2005.
T-Mobile will market the first HSDPA updateable laptop data card, which can already be used in the current UMTS network, from September 2005. Following an automatic firmware update for the commercial launch of high-speed UMTS, users will then be able to explore the new possibilities offered by HSDPA.