Thursday, January 15, 2009

Vodafone achieves 16Mbps mobile broadband

Vodafone Group said Thursday that it has successfully trialled an evolution of mobile broadband technology achieving actual peak data download rates of up to 16 Mbps.

The high speed data connection was achieved during field trials of HSPA+ 64QAM technology on Vodafone Spain's network. Vodafone said it now plans to trial mobile broadband data connections with peak rates of up to 21Mbps early in 2009 using HSPA+ MIMO functionality.

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.

Vodafone worked in association with Ericsson and Qualcomm Inc. to prove the potential of the technology in the field, following impressive data throughput rates achieved in laboratory tests.

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