KPN Accelerates HSDPA Rollout


KPN is accelerating the rollout of the HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) mobile broadband technology upgrade for its 3G UMTS network. KPN expects to have implemented HSDPA across the whole of its UMTS coverage area as of the end of this year. KPN has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with Ericsson and Huawei, two of the major players in the global telecom industry, for the further rollout of a single 3G broadband network including HSDPA for KPN and Telfort in The Netherlands. KPN expects this to lead to capex savings of several hundred million euros over the coming years.

Marco Visser, COO of KPN Mobile The Netherlands: "With HSDPA in our network, we will be able to offer the 3G experience we have always wanted for our customers. We see this as a further boost for the growing mobile data market. With Ericsson and Huawei, we have a unique combination of strong and innovative partners. Thanks to these new agreements, we are able to introduce cutting edge services more quickly to our customers as well as make significant savings."

Boasting download speeds comparable to ADSL, HSDPA will give the UMTS network a turbo boost. Initially, this will enable maximum download speeds of up to 1.8 Mbps, up from the current 384 kbps. These improvements will also continue; in the future, HSDPA will offer speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps. With HSDPA, customers will be able to surf the Internet or access business information and applications just as quickly on the move as at home or in the office. KPN expects this to further stimulate the uptake and adoption of mobile data services, starting initially in the business market.

The 3G broadband network will build on KPN's existing UMTS network, which already offers coverage to more than 70% of the Dutch population. KPN expects this to have risen to more than 80% by the end of the year. Ericsson will provide the 3G radio network. Huawei will provide the unified circuit switched/packet switched core network. Whilst this is the first time that Huawei and KPN have worked together for mobile, both parties are looking forward to a long-term partnership. The Chinese company was the 3G supplier for Telfort.

KPN will also create synergies in the area of 2G with the combination of network elements. The first phase of this long-term process is expected to be completed during the course of next year. KPN will continue to differentiate its Dutch mobile brands in terms of quality, functionality and price, in order to optimally serve their respective market segments.