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Topic # 9149 24-Aug-2006 16:27
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A little bird tells me that you guys with HSDPA-enabled devices (laptops, Windows Mobile Pocket PC, and phones) should be able to use HSDPA connections in Wellington from now. Auckland probably will have some coverage from Monday (28 August).

Note that it appears that initially the service is limited to 1.8Mbps, but at time of launch the promise is to go full 3.6Mbps....

Anyone out there to report on this and share the experience here?






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  Reply # 44633 24-Aug-2006 17:04
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Yes


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Reply # 44637 24-Aug-2006 17:41
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What is HSDPA?



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Reply # 44639 24-Aug-2006 17:45
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johnr: What is HSDPA?
Apparently something VFNZ is introducing to catch up with TNZ faster network.

C'mon johnr, you asked for this answer...

Anyway, for you who don't know, HSDPA on Wikipedia.






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  Reply # 44641 24-Aug-2006 17:52

HSDPA is the next "data network" upgrade that Vodafone is currently working on. Also referred to as "3.5G" sometimes. It's like what happened when Vodafone upgraded to GPRS that was "2.5G".

Have tested this, have acheived current 1.8mbit restriction, no issues *as yet* :p

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  Reply # 44649 24-Aug-2006 19:26
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For those who know Johnr, he was being sarcastic..... if he didnt know what HSDPA was I would be a little concerned at the monkeys VF was hiring....

So VF want to launch at 3.6Mbps..... what speeds will a person be able to expect... ballpark figure of course. Theres no way people will actually get 3.6

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  Reply # 44650 24-Aug-2006 19:30

Ah *click* it makes sense now ;) I'll stop telling johnr what I know he already knows :P


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  Reply # 44651 24-Aug-2006 19:39
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bradstewart: So VF want to launch at 3.6Mbps..... what speeds will a person be able to expect... ballpark figure of course. Theres no way people will actually get 3.6

That would be the same as saying there's no way anyone on Telecom can actually get 3.1Mbit on EVDO RevA as well. or anyone on the so called high-speed to get full 2Mbit, 3.5Mbit, 4Mbit, 10Mbit (of whatever connection of broadband)... notice how all speed that being advertised nowaday says "up to xxxMbit".




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Reply # 44652 24-Aug-2006 19:51
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chiefie: That would be the same as saying there's no way anyone on Telecom can actually get 3.1Mbit on EVDO RevA as well. or anyone on the so called high-speed to get full 2Mbit, 3.5Mbit, 4Mbit, 10Mbit (of whatever connection of broadband)... notice how all speed that being advertised nowaday says "up to xxxMbit".


Yep. We won't know the real world performance of Vodafone New Zealand's HSDPA network until it's actually operating in the real world.

In any case this is exciting news, and I look forward to seeing more HSDPA devices being realised in the coming months, perhaps accompanied by some even sharper data pricing.



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  Reply # 44655 24-Aug-2006 20:04
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chiefie:
bradstewart: So VF want to launch at 3.6Mbps..... what speeds will a person be able to expect... ballpark figure of course. Theres no way people will actually get 3.6

That would be the same as saying there's no way anyone on Telecom can actually get 3.1Mbit on EVDO RevA as well. or anyone on the so called high-speed to get full 2Mbit, 3.5Mbit, 4Mbit, 10Mbit (of whatever connection of broadband)... notice how all speed that being advertised nowaday says "up to xxxMbit".


With the exception of times in the evening where peak speeds may only reach 3Mbps I get 4Mbps on my cable the rest of the time. Crap speeds must just be a Telecom thing! :-)

From what I have read from the limited numbers of networks who have rolled out 3.6Mbps upgrades real life speeds tend to be in the 2-3Mbps range. This is possibly inflated due a lack of other users however!


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  Reply # 44656 24-Aug-2006 20:34

what hspda hardware is available now?

are the current  vmc cards compatible (even with a software upgrade)

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  Reply # 44657 24-Aug-2006 20:41
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Nothing currently available is firmware upgradeable to HSDPA.


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  Reply # 44658 24-Aug-2006 20:49
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Sounds like there'll be an upgrade path offered to existing customers (MCC users, not for phones). Nothing formally announced as yet. No comment was made as to who will be eligible.


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  Reply # 44659 24-Aug-2006 20:49
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Thats a great little bird you know.... :)

This is the start of such great things to come with HSDPA.

Im on WiMax right now but i do feel hsdpa is going to win straight off the podium for main stream users... I think WiMax will be better for high end user's though. What a great mix. Something i dont think many people particulary out of Telstra area have had in NZ.

I just hope Vodafone will let Orcon etc pull alot more out of their network. Rather than their rubbish data plans now. 1mb = $10 or 1gig = $50. Joke.

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  Reply # 44660 24-Aug-2006 20:57
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$50 for a gig isn't actually too bad for mobile data. If the price was the same when roaming overseas, that would be even better. Don't be surprised if HSDPA plans come out with more than a 1gig cap. VF are quite aware that it won't take long to chew through a gig of data at HSDPA speeds. I know a gig of data is the same now matter how fast your access is, but if you can get it faster you often tend to use more.

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