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T-Mobile UK launches high speed mobile broadband Over four times faster than 3G
Mobile to become individuals’ primary internet access

  • Delivered by HSDPA, a major enhancement to 3G

  • First live UK mobile HSDPA network, already covering 65% of UK population

  • Available from August 1, first on web’n’walkTM data cards

London: 20 June 2006 – T-Mobile UK today announces an important next step in mobile becoming the primary means for individuals to access the internet with the launch of the first truly high speed mobile broadband in the UK, providing speeds over 1 megabit per second, over four times faster than 3G.  

This is made possible by HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access), an enhancement to 3G. It delivers speeds up to a theoretical maximum of 1.8 megabits per second. In practice, this means delivered speeds of

1 megabyte or more for customers, comparing favourably with the vast majority of current fixed broadband internet connections.

T-Mobile’s is the UK’s first live mobile HSDPA network and it already covers 65% of the UK’s population. It is the latest step in T-Mobile’s roadmap to deliver speeds in excess of 20 megabits by the end of the decade and supports T-Mobile’s belief that mobile will in the future become individuals’ primary access to the internet, further displacing the fixed line.

The new service will initially be available on web’n’walkTM data cards, which can be slotted into customers’ compatible laptops to give HSDPA as well as WiFi and GPRS access. By year end, this will be followed by the progressive introduction of a range of HSDPA handsets and wireless pocket computers.

Jim Hyde, T-Mobile UK Managing Director, said:

“Just as mobile has become the principal medium for most customers’ voice calls, so we see mobile in future becoming the principal medium for their internet access.  The beginnings of this are already visible, and today’s launch of HSDPA takes it an important step further.

“Mobile voice took off because it lets customers do what they’ve always wanted to do and known how to do---making and receiving voice calls--- and lets you do this whenever and wherever----simply, reliably and affordably. Mobile internet will be similar---letting customers use the internet just as they already do, and letting them do this whenever and wherever. T-Mobile’s internet access already works just like your PC. Now we’re making it just as fast as the great majority of fixed line home broadband, and we’re making it affordable.  

“There is a lot of debate about so-called converged fixed line and mobile services. T-Mobile’s position is clear. We are a mobile operator. Internet access means a big pipe that can connect you to the internet and download and upload fast. Today, we’re demonstrating the big pipe can be the mobile pipe.”

T-Mobile’s HSDPA network is commercially available from August 1 for all customers with the web’n’walkTM data card which is already HSDPA enabled.  At launch, it will cost £17 per month as an introductory offer for web browsing and e-mail. New customers can get a free web’n’walkTM data card if they sign up to an 18 or 24 month minimum term contract from T-Mobile. 

Next year, T-Mobile intends to increase HSDPA speeds up to 3.6 megabits per second. It intends following this with further increases through 7.2 and then 10 megabytes per second, targetting speeds in excess of 20 megabits per second by the end of the decade.

Earlier this year, T-Mobile launched HSDPA in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Hungary, making it Europe’s first and largest high speed mobile broadband network. 

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Robin O’Kelly:                         Tel:                  00 44 (0) 1707 316652

                                              T- Mobile:         00 44 (0) 7786 702 526

Anthony Carlisle                      Tel:                  00 44 (0) 20 7638 9571

                                              T- Mobile:         00 44 (0) 7973 611 888

 Laure Lagrange                       Tel :                 00 44 (0) 20 7282 8001

                                               T- Mobile         00 44 (0) 7768 698 731

 Notes to Editors

There are currently some 15 million internet users in the UK, with fixed line broadband representing around 70% of the market, leaving over 4 million users still using dial-up access. 

Fixed line dial-up internet access typically offers speeds of 56 kilobits per second. Most installed fixed line home broadband offers deliver speeds of between 1 and 2 megabits per second.  Recent fixed line broadband offers of 8 megabits per second or more are currently restricted to a relatively small percentage of the broadband population.  3G delivers speeds up to a maximum of 384 kilobits, with delivered speeds typically around 250 kilobits per second.

T-Mobile’s HSDPA network covers all key urban areas, as well as major roads, transport hubs and public facilities.

The HSDPA quoted speed relates to downlink only.

About T-Mobile UK

T-Mobile is one of the world’s largest mobile operators with around 87 million customers worldwide. In the UK it is the network of choice for over 16 million customers, making it one of the most popular networks. 

T-Mobile’s range of services includes innovations such as Flext, a unique tariff with flexible pricing; U-Fix, which combines pay-as-you-go spending control with subscription contract value; web'n'walkTM, enabling customers to access the internet and office applications on the move.  T-Mobile's 2G and GPRS data network covers over 99% population coverage. Its 2G network has also been chosen by Virgin Mobile and Carphone Warehouse’s ‘Fresh’ mobile service for their customers. T-Mobile’s 3G network currently provides 65% population coverage. T-Mobile’s Hotspot service (including T-Com in Germany) is the world’s largest public WiFi network operator with approximately 17,000 locations, over 1,000 of them in the UK

 

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