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Vodafone aims 3G at business

Vodafone has revealed that the business community will be the focus for its eagerly awaited 3G service in the UK.

The mobile communications operator claims that its service will be the UK's first data-centric network of its type. Vodafone believes that its service will be welcomed by businesses at its launch, which is expected to be some time in Spring, even though it is likely to cover, at launch, only 30% of the UK's population, concentrating on areas such as London, Birminghamand Manchester, and the key M4 corridor area.

As an indication of the typical profile of the initial customers, the new service will be based on data cards for laptops, rather than phones. The cards transmit data up to 384 kbps when a 3G service is available, and fall back to GPRS speeds at other times.

Trials of the service are progressing currently with selected corporate customers. It is likely that Vodafone will extend the trials to smaller organisations.

This article was part of Computer Weekly's enterprise mobile business channel, sponsored by Nokia 


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