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T-Mobile increase mobile broadband upload speeds with HSUPA

T-Mobile have today enabled HSUPA on their mobile data service nationwide which will boost upload speeds from the service to up to 1.4Mbps. This will allow users to send files such as photos or videos from their laptop or mobile faster than before. Most other networks currently use HSDPA which only offers an upstream speed of 384Kbps.

With this upgrade also comes the faster HSDPA downstream speeds which offer speeds up to 7.2Mbps. These HSDPA speeds are currently being deployed in the Greater London area (within the M25), with other major cities to follow later in the year.

The technology being used, High-Speed Uplink Packet Access, or HSUPA for short, is a 3G mobile technology that allows for even faster upload speeds with a maximum of 5.76Mbps which is expected to increase to 11.5Mbps in the future. HSDPA is also possible up to 14.4Mbps, with future upgrades (HSPA Evolved) bringing data rates of 42Mbps. These are of course just small steps on a path to an even faster future with projects like the 3GPP LTE expected to bring 100Mbps to the mobile broadband market. These speeds are of course theoretical maximums and are limited by signal strength, so the further from the mobile base station, the slower you will actually get.


With this proposed increase for 3G there will be no need for WiMax. A damn pity as WiMax could a great for the mobile UK but in reality all those spectrum bidders who acquired licenses have never really gotten around to doing anything with them expensive licenses.

  • Pigmaster
  • over 12 years ago

Now what would be nice is if T-Mobile gave everybody HSUPA access like other network without having to take out a data plan.

  • AdamGz0r
  • over 12 years ago

Sorry I saw this so late. T-Mobile do not require data plans (assuming this means a contract). Buy a PAYG SIM, ring customer services and asked that the SIM be converted to a PAYG Web&Walk Plus plan. Put this SIM into a compatible device and use up to 3GB per calendar month at £4 per day of use (no use, no charge). I use this for occasional visits to London and it works great.

  • gdavidbeck
  • over 12 years ago

what about base station further from base station?

  • thomaswarne
  • over 9 years ago

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