Ericsson completes HSDPA upgrade for Hong Kong carrier

Ericsson has successfully completed the HSDPA network upgrade of Hong Kong carrier SmarTone, a company statement said

The statement further said SmarTone had launched Hong Kong's first commercial mobile broadband service with full HSDPA coverage in Hong Kong, following the upgrade.

The upgrade to HSDPA would enable SmarTone to deliver true broadband speed of up to 1.8Mbps to laptops, and introduce its customers to a new generation of mobile broadband services with true mobility and real freedom to move, Ericsson said.

At this stage, users can download five times faster than the current 3G connection using existing PC cards, and 20 times faster than with a GSM/GPRS connection.

Under the agreement, Ericsson delivered HSDPA hardware, software and implementation services to the Hong Kong carrier.