So it isn’t just Samsung who is taking HSDPA, the next generation mobile phone format seriously. NEC wants a slice of the action too. The Japanese company announced today that it has been working on a prototype of a HSDPA mobile with Japanese network NTT DoCoMo.
The network is set to debut its HSDPA network in the 2nd quarter of 2006 and it appears that the NEC model will be its key handset.
In case you missed the hype HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Data Packet Access) is the exciting new technology which will enable mobile phone networks to ramp up data speeds to levels well beyond what we currently have with 3G. The new prototype downloads data at an astonishing 3.6Mbps – that’s almost ten times faster than existing 3G phones. I say it’s astonishing, but HSDPA’s maximum speed is 14Mbps – that’s so fast you could even screen high definition TV on a handset. Visitors to the 3GSM exhibition in Barcelona next week (and yep we’ll be there) will get a chance to see the phone in action.