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Huawei Upgrades Portuguese Network to Support HSPA+

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Portuguese mobile network operator, Sonaecom has launched an HSPA upgrade to its network, boosting peak mobile download speeds to a theoretical 21.6 Mbps. The network upgrade was provided by Huawei.

"Due to Huawei's smooth introduction of HSPA+ on our existing network, the new technology can help us maintain our leading position in the Portuguese competitive market," said Mr. Josť Pinto Correia, CTO of Sonaecom. "This new technology will enable our customers to enjoy higher speed and higher quality mobile broadband services, while delivering more capacity to our network."

To enhance Sonaecom's existing UMTS network, Huawei provided an end-to-end solution with HSPA+ networks and customised mobile broadband modems.

Sonaecom launched HSPA+ services after a successful technology trial carried out in June 2009. The trial phase has been supported by Huawei and Qualcomm and uses terminal equipment featuring Qualcomm's MDM8200 HSPA+ chipset.

As of Q2 of 2009, Huawei has deployed over 10 commercial HSPA+ networks worldwide.

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