mobilkom austria presents the first lightning-fast, HSUPA-based data upload in Europe, live today. 3 radio host Tom Walek interviewed passersby at Vienna's Heldenplatz. The resulting images and sound were transmitted live and in real time via HSUPA to the conference room of the Hilton hotel. In the next step mobilkom austria will enhance its network with the fastest uplink network technology available.
At today's press conference in the Hilton hotel mobilkom austria unveiled a European premier: Live data was transmitted for the first time using HSUPA (=High Speed Uplink Packet Access). With up to 1.4 Mbit/s this technology offers the highest currently available upload speeds. An impressive demonstration of the performance offered by HSUPA was provided during the conference by 3 radio host Tom Walek. In his usual affectionately sneaky way he interviewed passersby at Vienna's Heldenplatz for mobilkom austria - and was filmed in the process. The signal was transmitted live to the conference room of the Hilton hotel using a laptop with an HSUPA data card.
HSUPA: The Data Turbo Boost for On the Go
"We live in a world defined by increasing mobility," says Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter, Director of Marketing, Distribution and Customer Services, mobilkom austria. "Most multimedia data is no longer received at home these days. Whether pictures or videos - most photographing and filming is now done while on the go. Especially in the business sector the ability to send presentations or photos outside the office is becoming increasingly important. In order for this to work smoothly high uplink speeds are necessary. And HSUPA provides the needed data turbo boost - today we were able to demonstrate that the new technology is fast enough to transmit videos in real time."
With upload speeds of up to 1.4 Mbit/s, HSUPA is up to 22 times faster than UMTS. The new network technology makes it possible to share pictures or videos in seconds - as well as, for the first time, simple real time mobile video streaming. "HSUPA is the ideal basis for success for mobile workers - for example in media and journalism. mobilkom austria brings the public an entirely new dimension to staying current," continues Ametsreiter. HSUPA will become available in the A1 network in the first half of 2007. The corresponding data cards will make the uplink turbo accessible.
Evolution of the A1 Network
The A1 network is an intelligent combination of second and third generation transmission technologies. This makes it uniquely possible to offer Austrian customers full-coverage, nationwide access to a high speed network. Whether GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA or, as of next year, HSUPA, the A1 network always switches to the fastest available transmission technology - automatically and unnoticeably for the user.
In January of this year mobilkom austria became one of the first operators in Europe to introduce an HSDPA network with downlink speeds of up to 1.8 Mbit/s. This was followed in June by phase two, with speeds of up to 3.6 Mbit/s. HSDPA is now available throughout Austria. And with today's live demonstration of HSUPA A1 has fired the starting shot for previously unreached upload speeds of up to 1.4 Mbit/s, offering the perfect uplink complement to HSDPA.