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Vodafone trials 16mbps HSPA+ mobile broadband

Pretty soon you could be surfing the urban jungle via a 16mbps data connection according to the chaps at Vodafone.

During some HSPA+ 64QAM technology trials, the Vodafone chaps in Spain managed to achieve 16mbps. But it gets better. They’re planning to trial 21mbsp this quarter using HSPA+ MIMO.

Vodafone experts estimate that the technology would be capable of delivering a typical video download experience of more than 13Mbps in good conditions and an average of more than 4 Mbps across a full range of typical cell locations including urban environments. If the trials prove a success, Vodafone plans to make this technology available in selected commercial networks.

Just in case you’re wondering about HSPA+ — it’s the next evolutionary step in the 3G HSPA roadmap. As indicated by the plus sign.

Of course, the new technology — particularly this 64QAM and MIMO gubbins will need a whole new set of broadband dongles and devices. Woo huu. Hopefully this should arrive by the time my 24 month data dongle contract has expired.

Bring it on.

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

3 replies on “Vodafone trials 16mbps HSPA+ mobile broadband”

Must admit, don't really see the benefit of extending the 3G roadmap to these speeds when this year should (hopefully) see the planned roll out of 4G and in particular WiMAX as a default…Then we can only hope!

Must admit, don't really see the benefit of extending the 3G roadmap to these speeds when this year should (hopefully) see the planned roll out of 4G and in particular WiMAX as a default…Then we can only hope!

Must admit, don't really see the benefit of extending the 3G roadmap to these speeds when this year should (hopefully) see the planned roll out of 4G and in particular WiMAX as a default…Then we can only hope!

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