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O2 Germany to Upgrade Network to Support 28Mbps Data Download Speeds

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Telef nica O2 Germany has announced plans to upgrade its network to HSPA , and start offering peak download speeds of up to 28Mbps in the second half of this year. The network upgrade will initially occur in Munich where O2 has its headquarters.

Although the peak download speed will be capable of 28Mbps, based on previous comments from other deployments, the likely average would be around 8Mbps.

Huawei is providing the network upgrade.

"Our cooperation with Huawei has set new standards", said Jaime Smith Basterra, the CEO of Telefónica O2 Germany, at the press conference in Barcelona. "Today, we see rapid growth of the mobile web. The new technology enables us to make a big step forward into the future this year".

Last April, O2 contracted with Huawei for the replacement of existing base stations and the planned construction of more than 8,000 base stations for GSM and UMTS. Expansion steps taken by Huawei are to be completed by the end of 2009.

Based on numbers from the Mobile World subscriber database, O2 ended last September with a shade under 14 million customers - and a market share of 13.3%.

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