High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) is approaching launch
HSDPA is a third generation (3G) high-speed data service, with a maximum
bandwidth of 14Mbps! O2,
the UK based telecoms company
have announced that they will be launching the service for the Isle of Man on the 1st of November. Another high-speed technology which is just
starting to emerge is WiMax. This wireless broadband service is now being
offered in the South East of Englandcurrently offering services up to 10Mbps. One potential problem for WiMax is the limited
amount of licensed radio bandwidth available.
It is possible for the service to run on unlicensed public frequencies,
but this raises quality of service issues.
HSDPA runs on current cellular infrastructure which bypasses this issue
and should make rollout faster and less expensive. There is much debate over which of these two
technologies will gain the upper hand, I guess only time can really tell. Still, both technologies are offering
exciting new prospects in all areas from mobile business solutions to in-car