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Vodafone Eyes Wireless Broadband

Posted: 16th Nov, 2005 By: MarkJ
Vodafone, while maintaining its 3G focus for now, has reported that it's still looking into the prospects for future wireless broadband (WiMAX etc.) services and technology:

Speaking on Tuesday as the operator announced its interim results, Vodafone chief executive Arun Sarin said the company is looking into wireless broadband and "mobility-based" wireless DSL products. "We're looking to expand that market," he said.

Sarin continued: "Equally, we're looking at new technologies that come along... tomorrow it could be Wi-Fi, it could be mobile WiMax. We're quite agnostic."

While Vodafone continues mulling pastures new, Sarin confirmed the company is ready to bring HSDPA — the software upgrade that boosts download speeds to mobiles, sometimes known as 3.5G — into the fold and will begin rolling it out to users from summer next year.


O2 is already trialling Super 3G (aka - 3.5G) on the Isle of Man at speeds of 1Mbps to 12Mbps and possibly higher, thus mobile operators are unlikely to jump on a new technology if it could hamper the billions they've already spent getting 3G to market. More @ ZDNet.
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