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HSDPA to launch throughout T-Mobile's UMTS network
Posted: 07-Mar-2006 [Source: T-Mobile]

[T-Mobile to launch HSDPA throughouts its UMTS network by May 2006 and announces it will be expanding its portfolio of handsets to include the PDA phone MDA Vario II and the Smartphone BenQ-Siemens EF91.]

Germany -- Starting after CeBIT 2006, high-speed UMTS based on HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology will be accelerating mobile data transmission to initially 1.8 megabits per second (Mbit/s) in many parts of the T-Mobile UMTS network. Parallel to this, EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) - the new performance dimension in the nationwide GPRS network - supports mobile data transfer at up to four times the speed of ISDN. Furthermore, T-Mobile is consistently increasing the number of HotSpot locations where customers can work online via W-LAN (Wireless Local Area Network).

The aim is to enable customers to be online all the time, automatically in the fastest mobile network, without interruption when changing from one network to another, and at reasonable, transparent prices. T-Mobile is systematically extending the existing network infrastructure in order to offer customers the advantages of mobile broadband technology practically everywhere and any time. One essential element of T-Mobile's network strategy is HSDPA. By May 2006, this data-turbo will be providing mobile Internet connections as fast as on your home computer or your office PC throughout the T-Mobile UMTS network. T-Mobile will eventually increase the transmission bandwidth to 7.2 Mbit/s as the system is further extended. 3.6 megabits per second should be reached by the end of this year.

Not only with HSDPA does T-Mobile offer its customers top-quality mobile data communications. T-Mobile also ensures fast data connections in places that are not yet reached by the UMTS network. With EDGE technology T-Mobile is "reboring" the nationwide GPRS network, reaching transmission rates up to four times that of ISDN. EDGE should be available throughout T-Mobile's German GPRS network by the end of 2007. Another building block of T-Mobile's high-performance infrastructure is W-LAN technology at T-Mobile's and T-Com's HotSpots. Customers can already use the advantages of broadband Internet communications at over 5,000 locations all over the country. In addition, T-Mobile has also turned the first German InterCity Express trains into travelling HotSpots.

T-Mobile's integrated network, service and tariff portfolio also includes its growing range of mobile devices supporting high-speed communications. These include, for example, the web'n'walk Card compact - which will be available from April 2006 - and the web'n'walk Card W-LAN. After CeBIT, the web'n'walk Card W-LAN will support not only the use of GPRS, but also data exchange by high-speed UMTS. From the early summer of 2006, the PDA phone MDA Vario II and the Smartphone BenQ-Siemens EF91 will expand T-Mobile's portfolio of offers - with what will be the first HSDPA-capable mobile phones.

During CeBIT, T-Mobile will already be offering additional software for mobile Internet access via one of the T-Mobile data cards for laptops - "Speedmanager plus" supporting downloads at even higher surfing speeds. Speedmanager plus compresses the transmitted data, thus improving the surfing experience - the surfing speed is almost doubled. Speedmanager plus will be fully integrated with the next automatic update of the TMCC (T-Mobile Communication Center) data-card software.

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