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Finnish Operator to Increase Mobile Data Download Speeds

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Finland based mobile network operator, DNA says that it has upgraded the available mobile data download speeds to a peak rate of 10Mbps.

Since the beginning of 2009, DNA's 3G network service area has doubled, introducing wireless services to many regions which have previously been dependent on fixed copper networks. DNA was also the first operator in Finland, and among the first in the world, to introduce HSPA+ technology in its 3G network, enabling record speeds of up to 21 Mbps.

"HSPA+ was the first technology to offer customers actual data transfer speeds of several megabits," said Pekka Väisänen, DNA's Vice President, Consumer business. "Bit by bit, users in rural areas can also benefit from actual speeds exceeding 5 Mbps. Later on, with HSPA + and LTE technology, the peak speed may increase to over 20 Mbps," he added.

From next week, customers will be able to use the maximum data transfer speed offered by the terminal without any extra charge. During quiet periods and near base stations, this combination will provide customers with data transfer speeds close to the maximum speed of 10 Mbps. The average speed for end users will be 3-5 Mbps.

"At the moment, the HSPA+ service covers a significant part of DNA's 3G network and is expanding fast. With the network upgrade and the new modem, DNA's mobile broadband will represent the fastest wireless data transfer connections in Finland," said Mr Väisänen.

Presently 4.6 million people in Finland live within the coverage area.

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