ISPreview - Mobile Broadband Interview - part 2 (Orange)
Mobile Broadband Interview - part 2 (Orange)
By: Mark Jackson - Oct 16th 2007 : Page 1 -of- 2
"Further standardisation work is underway to allow expansion to around 100Mbps in the downlink and 50Mpbs in the uplink"

Welcome to the second part of our Mobile Broadband (3G) article, which follows on from last weeks interview with T-Mobile UK (PART 1). This week’s follow-up contains responses from another of the country’s mobile giants, Orange:

1. Who are you and what do you do?

Michael Lawrence. I am Head of Enablers for Orange Business Services in the UK.

2. Modern HSDPA/HSUPA 3G mobile broadband technologies have the potential to deliver speeds up to around 14Mbps downstream, will we ever see mobile operators able to offer this (what aspects hold such advances back)?

Downlink speeds are developing from 1.2M up to a theoretical maximum of 14.4Mbps in the downlink.  The latter stages of this growth in data speed are still in development, but you should expect to see these speeds available in the next few years. 

Further standardisation work is underway to allow expansion to around 100Mbps in the downlink and 50Mpbs in the uplink.  However it will be some time before we see the commercial release of this technology.

Speeds are held back by several factors, including the devices, the processing speed of the chip in the device and the required battery life. In addition there are complex demands placed on the mobile network base stations and transmission networks.

3. Do you see the new generation of mobile broadband technologies and related services as someday becoming truly competitive with fixed-line based equivalents (ADSL, cable etc.)? Several are nearly there already (e.g. Three's 7GB for £25).

Mobile technologies will always command a premium as they are more complex and expensive to deliver than high speed data over cable technologies.  However, the market is highly competitive and customers should expect to see more great deals available. For example, Orange’s Business Everywhere tariff for mobile data cards comes at £25 per user with a fair usage allowance of 3GB.

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