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Turkcell plans 42.2Mbps mobile broadband

Turkcell plans to launch 42.2Mbps 3G service in 2010, and eyes speeds of up to 84 Mbps.

Turkey could become one of the first country's in the world to have 3G speeds of up to 42.2Mbps.
Turkey could become one of the first country's in the world to have 3G speeds of up to 42.2Mbps.

Turkey’s biggest mobile operator Turkcell said it intends to launch enhanced 3G services with speeds of up to 42.2 Mbps before the end of the year.

The company made the announcement after achieving speeds of 42.2 Mbps during trials in Istanbul earlier this month, using Dual Carrier frequency technology on its 3G network, along with network vendor Ericsson.

İlter Terzioğlu, Turkcell’s chief network operations officer, confirmed that Turkcell intends to provide these speeds to its customers in 2010 and added that the company “aims to reach 84 Mbps in 3G.”

Turgut Erkul, business area radio manager at Ericsson, added that the trials made Turkcell one of the first operators in the world to reach 42.2 Mbps with Ericsson’s HSPA multi carrier solution.

Turkcell’s competes with mobile rivals Vodafone and Avea in Turkey. All three operators won 3G licences in 2008, and launched mobile broadband services in mid-2009.