Ericsson to demo 84Mbps HSPA

At this year's Mobile World Congress, Ericsson said it will give the world's first demo of HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) technology capable of transmitting data at peak rates of 84 Mbps.

The vendor, which last year demonstrated 42 Mbps HSPA at the MWC, said the rapid growth of data traffic across mobile networks thanks to smartphones and other data-hungry devices prompted the vendor designed the new technology to address that problem.

Last month, Ericsson inked a deal with 3 in Scandinavia for the 84 Mbps version of HSPA. The deal covers all of Denmark and four major cities in Sweden. The first phase will begin this quarter with commercial deployments expected early next year.

Higher data speeds for HSPA are becoming critical for operators in regions, especially Europe, where spectrum has not been allocated for LTE or where operators need to compete with LTE networks.

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