HSPA+ devices coming soon for Telstra

29 Oct 2008

Sierra Wireless is developing wireless data devices for the HSPA+ standard, which offer peak download speeds of 21Mbps, over Telstra's Next G network.

This is three times faster than currently available HSPA modems, according to Sierra. Shipments for customer trials are expected to begin in coming months, with a commercial launch to follow.

HSPA+ is also known as HSPA Evolution or Evolved HSPA (eHSPA). In addition to significantly increasing data speeds, the standard reduces latency, boosts network capacity, and provides an enhanced user experience.

The larger bandwidth supports more data-intensive applications, including video downloads.

Telstra recently confirmed it is on track to begin rolling out the new technology to the Next G wireless network by the end of this year.

The Australian carrier announced in February that the Next G network would start being upgraded to peak network downlink speeds of 21Mbps by the end of the year.

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