|Vodafone launches HSUPA and high-speed mobile data transmission rates of up to 1.45 MBit/s|
|Friday, 23 November 2007|
Vodafone is the first network operator in Germany to launch a turbo mobile data transmission service. HSUPA (High-Speed Uplink Packet Access) supports uplink speeds of up to 1.45 megabits per second. It offers considerable advantages to people like photographers and anyone else who needs to transmit large volumes of data from mobile terminals. The special data modems for notebooks have been available from Vodafone since this summer.
Vodafone has commenced the HSUPA network upgrade in German agglomerations. HSUPA is initially available in over 50 major cities including Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Essen, Cologne, Frankfurt, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. Mobile network users in these cities can send images, graphics and large presentations from their mobile terminals at rates of up to 1.45 MB/s - which is faster than the majority of today's fixed network DSL connections. The step-by-step network upgrade is still in progress. By next summer, the entire Vodafone 3G broadband network will be equipped to cope with the new high-speed upload rates.
The 3G broadband network is already available in over 2200 German towns and cities, providing Vodafone's mobile customers with electronic data downloads from the internet at rates of up to 3.6 MB/s. At many locations - such as congress centres, exhibition sites and airports - the network already enables download transmission rates of up to 7.2 MB/s, which means that Vodafone's services can be used by around 80 percent of the German population. Only a few weeks ago, the Connect magazine tested four mobile networks in Germany and voted Vodafone's network as the best of all.
Vodafone already has three HSUPA modems in its product range. The compact Vodafone MCC UMTS Broadband Express by Option, the Vodafone EasyBox III and the Vodafone Mobile Connect USB Stick all support the new data transmission standard. All three can be used in computers with a Windows operating system (Windows 2000, Windows XP or new Windows Vista) and in Mac computers.
They are supplied with the necessary software and a complete set of documentation. Like all mobile modems, they are very easy to install and operate. Vodafone customers with data services contracts can get them for as little as one euro. This price applies if they conclude a Vodafone Business-DataPro8 contract with a monthly basic rate of EUR 9.52 and a 24-month term, and if they book one of the data tariff options at the same time.
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