Heard about HSPA+?
When you’re shopping around for a mobile broadband package to suit you, you’ll probably come across the term HSPA+.
It looks like a bunch of letters with a + at the end, but what it can do is impressive.
HSPA+ stands for High Speed Packet Access Plus. It's the next generation in 3G technology that provides a much faster mobile internet experience. At the moment, it’s mainly used for mobile broadband products, but we're also seeing this technology in some of the latest phones.
How does it work?
It boils down to a combination of what you find inside a HSPA+ device plus a mobile phone network designed to carry large amounts of information and higher speeds.
Let’s start with devices. Three has launched three HSPA+ products in its mobile broadband range: Premium Dongle E367 , MiFi E586 and Standard Dongle E353.
These premium range products can access mobile broadband services up to 40% faster than standard products. This is because, inside them, there’s a chipset using HSPA+ technology, which transmits data in a faster and more efficient way.
Once you’re online, HSPA+ makes browsing, uploading and downloading smoother and faster too. You’ll find huge improvements in viewing photos, downloading attachments and watching online videos.
HSPA+ gives the best, fastest experience on the Three network.
Which brings us on to the network. To make the most of HSPA+ technology, you need a reliable, technologically advanced network.
Three’s network has always been 3G, which means it was designed for using the mobile internet.
HSPA+ can be described as the next evolution of 3G technology as the industry moves...
Three has been upgrading its network to HSPA+ for some time and it aims to have 80% of the UK covered for HSPA+ by the end of 2012.
Phil Sheppard, director of network strategy at Three UK, said: ‘Our customers will certainly see dramatic advances in our network speeds, and we’re really excited about this next step in our journey.
‘And we’re not stopping there. We’ll also be trialling LTE on our network soon.'
‘By making these ongoing upgrades, enhancements and developments to our network we’ll continue to provide people across the UK with a market-leading mobile internet service.’