Seventy-nine percent of mobile operators with third generation networks (WCDMA) are doing the upgrade of the infrastructure to support data transmission speeds between three to five times faster than the current ones, using HSDPA – High Speed Downlink Packet Access.
Also known for third and a half generation, the technology is already available in countries like Portugal, Austria, Finland, Bulgaria, Germany, Israel, Kuwait, South Africa or the United States, in a total of 14 countries, although the number of operators with intention of migrating its network to HSDPA is much higher, reaching four fifths of the 105 WCDMA networks that now work in 43 countries.
The figures, made available by the Association of Mobile Suppliers (GSA), indicate that the intention to migrate to 3.5G is 60 percent higher than that verified six months ago, when the last questionnaire was completed.
For now, HSDPA offers close to 2 Mbps (1.8 Mbps) but by the end of this year it should allow speeds of 3.6 megs. The operators’ networks are being prepared for the maximum speed, but the lack of equipment limits the bandwidth for now.
Vodafone Portugal, which last week introduced the technology for data communications, like the two other mobile operators, said that by the end of the year it should be possible to increase the speed of the 3.5G and that by the end of the third quarter of this year it will be it is also possible to use it on mobile equipment. Both predictions are supported by timings provided by equipment manufacturers.
Also according to the operator’s forecasts, in 2007 or 2008 it will be possible to reach the maximum speed theoretically allowed by HSDPA, around 14 Mbps.
According to the GSA numbers, 25 devices or HSDPA cards are available now, or will be soon.
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