23/08/2005

T-Mobile promises 'true mobile broadband' for UK - vnunet.com

T-Mobile promises 'true mobile broadband' for UK - vnunet.com

T-Mobile is rolling out HSDPA in the UK (Germany and the Netherlands) which will offer 2Mb/s downstream connections (i.e. from the network to the handset). This is what 3G should have offered in the first place, though data usage on 3G has been disappointing so far.

"3" though supporting data, only support a walled garden approach with no connectivity outside their services and targetted squarely at consumers.

The traditional (GSM) operators have tried to attack the business markets for 3G data services, but as yet take-up is low and they're not achieving nearly as much data traffic as they'd like. This is partly because data rates have never really matched what was promised, but HSDPA may resolve this.
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