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Some reporters are already noting that one of the central discussions so far at the 3GSM conference surrounds technologies that will come after 3G: HSDPA, an upgrade that promises to increase throughput of UMTS networks to as fast as 1 Mbps per user, has been a hot topic in general recently. I spoke the other day with Dave Williams at O2, which claims to be building the first HSDPA network in Europe on the Isle of Man, for a story I’m writing for Wireless Week. I’ll link to it when it runs.
WiMax is certainly also being discussed as a possibility for the next step beyond 3G, but it seems to get brushed aside by the cellular operators in favor of technologies like HSDPA that were designed for the frequencies they currently use and as an upgrade rather than a full greenfield deployment.
Posted by nancyg at February 15, 2005 11:11 AM
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