SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has agreed to team up with Vodafone and Qualcomm to introduce high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA)-enabled mobile phones in Europe next year.
"We agreed with Vodafone and Qualcomm to closely work together to commercialize the next-generation HSDPA technology for the first time in Europe," Samsung said in a statement.
Samsung said it has been working with Vodafone and Qualcomm since 2003 to bring high-speed, affordable wireless access to the market.
Under the three-way project, Samsung has developed the first commercially available HSDPA phone to be launched exclusively for Vodafone and plans to demonstrate the technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month. Currently, Samsung is a major mobile phone provider for Vodafone's 3G and GSM/GPRS services.
Qualcomm provides its advanced Mobile Station Modem (MSM) chip solution with integrated multimedia capabilities for Samsung’s HSDPA mobile phones, it added.
The 3.5G HSDPA technology, set for commercialization next year, offers video and voice data transfer speeds of up to 14Mbps, enabling users to download a two hour-long motion picture within two minutes.
According to market research firm Gartner, the HSDPA phone market is expected to be 6.29 million sets in 2006, growing to 101.99 million by 2009.