Vodafone has announced that it has been testing technology that could succeed HSPA, successfully having completed trials of 16Mbps “HSPA+” and with plans to test a 21Mbps service in the spring.
With a theoretical top speed of 21Mbps, Vodafone claims real-world download speeds of up to 13Mbps, and at least 4Mbps across its entire network. No mention of upload speeds, which are likely to remain paltry.
There’s no word on a timescale for going public with the service, and given that actual performance could be one-fifth of the top speed, I won’t be ditching my home broadband connection just yet.
By Andy Merrett | January 15th, 2009