Etisalat conducts HSPA+ broadband trials

Records download speeds of over 20 Mbps as it prepares for launch later this year

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By  Vineetha Menon Published  March 2, 2009

Etisalat has successfully conducted trials of its HSPA+ broadband service, which is scheduled for launch in the second half of 2009.

It registered average download speeds of 20.37Mbps during its trials of the next generation in mobile broadband connectivity that uses High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) solutions.

Once the service is launched later this year, HSPA+ will allow for download speeds of up to 28.8Mbps and uploads of up to 18.0Mbps. In contrast, Etisalat’s network presently supports download speeds of 14.4 Mbps and uploads of up to 5.7 Mbps.

The results of the trial were announced by Etisalat’s chief corporate affairs officer, Nasser bin Obood at the Broadband Wireless Summit in Beirut today.

“Mobile broadband has an important role to play in the Middle East region and we will see a significant growth in uptake in services,” said Nasser bin Obood. “This is why we have put in place a technology roadmap, including HSPA+, to ensure our customers across the Middle East will have access to the latest services first.”

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