Vodafone will increase the speed of its mobile broadband product to 14.4 Mbps in areas where it has the highest demand, with parts of London, Birmingham and Liverpool already updated.
Of course, as with most broadband services, the advertised headline speed of 14.4 Mbps is actually unachievable. Vodafone say that users will see a maximum of round 10.8 Mbps, with typical speeds between 1 and 4 Mbps. Most existing users shouldn't need to update their phone or dongle/datacard as 80% of hardware currently used supports the new speeds as they are based on the same HSPA technology.
"Customers trust us to deliver a mobile network that they can rely on – wherever they are and whether they are individuals, or a small, medium or large business. Today's network upgrade means customers can be reassured we're consistently enhancing the quality of our network in response to demand."Jeni Mundy, (Chief Technology Officer) Vodafone UK
Whilst ever increasing speeds and network upgrades are welcome, the reality of this will probably mean most users won't see much difference in terms of their mobile broadband service. As with most technologies, peak speeds are dependent on signal quality and distance from the transmitter, and until this changes, some users will still be plagued by patchy coverage and poor speeds.