Vodafone mobile broadband to be twice as quick

Vodafone has successfully trialled new mobile broadband technology that delivers data access speeds of up to 16mbps - more than twice the maximum of current industry mobile broadband services.

Vodafone has successfully trialled new mobile broadband technology that delivers data access speeds of up to 16mbps - more than twice the maximum of current industry mobile broadband services.

The extra bandwidth will be useful for companies of all sizes who need to support data heavy applications like videos, presentations and large databases over mobile networks in the field.

The new, faster HSPA+ technology will be further tested by Vodafone later this year, and is expected to reach peak speeds of 21mbps.

“Successfully demonstrating a live HSPA+ high speed connection has been a key milestone in continuing to build confidence in this new technology,” said Andy MacLeod, global networks director of Vodafone.

“The results show that HSPA+ technology is well placed to further enhance our customers’ mobile broadband experience through the evolution of our existing 3G networks,” he said.

Vodafone worked in association with Ericsson and Qualcomm on the tests.

So far, Vodafone hasn't outlined a commercial roll-out roadmap for the faster mobile broadband technology, but the company is traditionally ahead of the game when it comes to delivering wider coverage and faster speeds in the mobile broadband market.

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