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European Cellphones to Get Faster Data

Reuters News Wire (
Thu, 1 Sep 2005 10:42:41 -0500

T-Mobile International, Deutsche Telekom's mobile division, will
launch the new HSDPA high-speed mobile service in four European
countries by March to improve Internet speed on mobile phones.

HSDPA is a special version of third generation (3G) mobile phone
services, offering data speed which allows clients to watch television
on mobile phones and is even faster than many fixed-line broadband

"High-speed 3G will be available wherever T-Mobile already offers 3G
coverage," T-Mobile Chief Executive Rene Obermann said at the IFA
consumer electronics show in Berlin. T-Mobile has 3G services in
Germany, Britain, Austria and the Netherlands.

The new service, also dubbed the "data turbo," will deliver
transmission rates of up to 1.8 megabits per second initially, and 7.2
megabits per second eventually, Obermann said. Typical DSL fixed-line
broadband delivers 1 megabit per second.

T-Mobile will also launch a new subscription plan in Germany called
mobile@home, designed to fully replace a fixed-line connection at
home, mimicking a popular plan offered by rival O2's German arm.

Subscribers of mobile@home will pay the much lower call fees used in
fixed-line networks if their mobile phones are detected to be in their

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