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HSDPA is a 3.5G mobile telephony communication protocol, which allows specific networks to have higher data transfer speeds and capacity.
Measuring only 63 x 26 x 13 mm and just weighing 40 g, the iCON 225 is Option's most compact HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) USB wireless modem to date.
The HSDPA solution from Nokia Siemens Networks will help Telenor significantly in reducing costs per megabit delivered over its 3G network, while providing true speed for mobile broadband and a solid technology base for future enhancements of HSDPA.
The Ovation MC870D is a pocket-sized, HSDPA USB modem with mobile broadband access download speeds of up to 7.2 Mb/s which can be used with either a laptop or a desktop PC.
Prior to this commercial service, NTT DoCoMo conducted a field trial of the high-speed network which NEC cooperated and supplied HSDPA infrastructure systems including node-B base stations and radio network controllers (RNC).
"Nortel's HSDPA technology allows mobile operators to provide new real-time services that increase the end-user's experience and helps build customer loyalty."
Since then, DSCH has been removed from the HSDPA specification because it was of little interest, and FACH is maintained for use with small packet information.
According to Huawei, its HSDPA card with the standard PCMCIA interface enables Internet connection at data speeds of up to 1.8Mb/s.
SK Telecom's network is the first to provide HSDPA performance on handsets as well as data cards - ensuring high-speed, broadband wireless services are available to subscribers using either a handset or laptop computer.
HSDPA is expected to facilitate powerful new services by enabling high-volume downloads and the viewing of rich content.
The commercial launch of HSDPA is duel next year, but O2 are trialling a service on the Isle of Man.
Many of the operators are due to launch in 2006, but a minority number are seeking to open their respective networks by the end of 2005, IDC believes that by the end of 2009, them will be just under 40 million HSDPA subscribers in Western Europe.