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Qualcomm Claims 3G HSDPA Speeds Of 3.6 Mbps

Posted by iNext - 2005-11-19

Cellular technology vendor Qualcomm said Wednesday that it has achieved data rates of 3.6 Mbps using its chipsets over HSDPA cellular data systems.

HSDPA is the next generation of 3G for GSM-based cellular operators. So far, typical speeds have been in the 1 Mbps range, compared to about a third that speed for previous-generation UMTS systems. However, the theoretical speed limits for HSDPA is much higher than even the 3.6 Mbps Qualcomm reported.

The company said in a statement that it expects to see data rates of 7.2 Mbps in the near future.

Qualcomm reported the speeds using devices built around its MSM6280 chipset in devices working over infrastructure equipment provided by a number of vendors. GSM-based vendors are in the process of upgrading their 3G systems to support HSDPA. In the U.S., Cingular said it expects to have HSDPA in a few markets by the end of this year with support in more markets rolling out during 2006.

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