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Thursday, 23 March 2006

Vodafone now offers its customers in Germany mobile broadband services at DSL speed. The necessary technology is supplied by Siemens: High Speed Data Packet Access (HSDPA) accelerates data downloads from the Internet to mobile devices over wireless networks that use the W-CDMA standard. As Vodafone recently announced, the mobile broadband service is being launched under the name "UMTS Broadband," initially in Dsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover and Munich. Vodafone customers in these cities can then access the Internet and their intranet at DSL speed, using a notebook or mobile phone for faster downloads than were previously possible. HSDPA now supports speeds of up to 1.8 megabits a second.

"Today's work world is growing more and more mobile, and it needs simple, flexible and secure network connections. With HSDPA from Siemens, we offer our customers a high-speed and powerful development of W-CDMA technology and thus greater quality for efficient mobile work," said Hartmut Kremling, Chief Technical Officer of Vodafone in Germany.

The transmission speed of the new technology will be increased in stages, beginning with its current rate of up to 1.8 megabits a second. There are also plans to roll out HSDPA technology quickly in all 1,800 German towns and cities supplied with W-CDMA.

"We are delighted that Vodafone is relying on our technology and experience in rolling out mobile broadband in Germany. This will make mobile surfing and working as convenient and quick as over a fixed network," said Christoph Caselitz, President of Mobile Networks at Siemens Communications.

Siemens has a presence in more than 100 countries worldwide with its innovative wireless solutions and about 240 customers. Its offering of HSDPA technology is helping Siemens strengthen its position as a technology leader in the field of mobile broadband solutions. Together with NEC, Siemens is the world market leader in 3G network infrastructure: According to independent industry analysts, Siemens/NEC rank No. 1 in the 3G/W-CDMA market in terms of commercially installed base stations - NodeBs (source: Multimedia Research Institute, Tokyo, April 2005).

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