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October 19, 2005

Cingular's User-Free HSDPA Service

By Glenn Fleishman

The Seattle Times points out that the emperor has no clothes: Cingular can claim the first HSDPA network deployment, but Tricia Duryea explains that the company won’t have phones and PC Cards that provide service at rates faster than basic UMTS until late this year.

Can I just express related irritation at the term UMTS here, in passing? UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) is a 3G framework standardized by a variety of regional groups. There’s no speed attached to the UMTS definition at the UMTS Forum. HSDPA is described as a UMTS enhancement, but it’s still considered part of UMTS. Thus, when you talk about UMTS, you’re talking about a family of standards with extensions, or you’re talking about a specific set of technology with particular bandwidth. Very confusing to the average mortal.

Posted by Glennf at October 19, 2005 12:27 PM

Categories: HSDPA

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