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Vodafone plans 16Mbps HSPA+ mobile broadband

ISP may roll out service if trial proves successful

Vodafone has revealed it has successfully trialled a mobile broadband connection that offers a download speed of 16Mbps.

The ISP has revealed it is planning further trials of the HSPA+ technology, which it claims is capable of headline speeds of 21Mbps. If these are successful it will roll out the technology, which it claims will offer a connection of 13Mbps in good conditions and 4Mbps in "typical locations including urban environments".

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"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.

Unlike current mobile broadband connection, HSPA+ uses multiple antennae similar to those found on Wi-Fi equipment. However if the technology is rolled out, consumers will need to upgrade their hardware to achieve the stated speeds.

See also: Fujitsu Siemens joins Mobile Broadband Initiative


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