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T-Mobile launches UK's first mobile HUSPA network

Potential for 1.4Mbps uploads, 4.5Mbps downloads

T-Mobile today launched what it claims is the UK's first nationwide High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) mobile broadband network, offering its mobile customers upload speeds of up to 1.4 (megabits per second) Mbps.

T-Mobile also announced that is has upgraded to 7.2Mbps the underlying download capability of its HSDPA-enabled 3G network. Right now this improvement is restricted to the area of Greater London within the M25, but T-Mobile says it will be rolling out the upgrade to other major cities during the second half of 2008.

T-Mobile believes that this will enable it to deliver real maximum mobile broadband speeds of up to 4.5Mbps in those enabled areas - although seasoned broadband users will note the word 'maximum' as much as the word 'real'.

Making the announcements, T-Mobile UK Chief Executive Jim Hyde said: "We knew mobile broadband would burst on the scene and our continued investment in new technology is paying dividends for customers seeking a fast, consistent service which offers great value.

"New independent tests show we lead on performance in areas that matter most to customers. We’ve also addressed the growing passion for sharing photos and videos on social networking sites by hiking up upload speeds across the country."

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