T-Mobile claims UK’s first HSUPA network


T-Mobile reckons it will quadruple its number of mobile broadband subscribers in the coming six months.

T-Mobile last week rolled out the UK’s first nationwide HSUPA (high speed upload packet access) network as it looks to capitalise on the social networking phenomenon, and make uploading digital content – photos, videos and music – to websites a quicker process for punters.

T-Mobile said, in certain areas, upload speeds will be five times faster than previously. It claims upload speeds of up to 1.4 Mbps.

T-Mobile UK chief executive Jim Hyde said: "Mobile broadband has come of age. Today, 25 per cent of new contract customers are signing up and we expect to quadruple our user base in 2008.

"We knew mobile broadband would burst on to the scene and our continued investment in new technology is paying dividends for customers seeking a fast, consistent service which offers great value."

T-Mobile has also upgraded its HSDPA network, it said. It now boasts download speeds of up to 7.2Mbps within the M25. Such speeds will be available in other urban centres through the remainder of 2008, it said.