MTN South Africa has upgraded its high-speed broadband service to reach speeds of 14.4Mbps HSDPA and 5.76Mbps HSUPA across its 3G and HSPA mobile broadband network.
The MTN network underwent extensive upgrades in 2009, and this high-speed broadband service is now available countrywide. As the backhaul transmission becomes available, MTN will upgrade additional sites in the run up to the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup.
MTN subscribers have been enjoying speeds of up to 7.2Mbps download and 1.8Mbps upload thus far, at no extra charge. This has been extended to include the 14.4Mbps download and the 5.76Mbps upload speeds. MTN will not be charging a premium for the higher access speeds, therein enabling its subscribers to enjoy the improved performance of the network at the same price.
In addition to the improved access, MTN subscribers will soon be enjoying speeds of up to 21Mbps as the MTN network is upgraded for enhanced HSPA+ services; this will be rolled out strategically countrywide. MTN has invested a large sum in its network to ensure an extensive footprint across South Africa that caters for customers’ growing voice and data requirements.
MTN customers using the exclusive MTN F@stlink E230 modem can already benefit from these improved speeds. The MTN F@stlink E1820 USB modem, which supports HSPA+ up to 28.8Mbps downlink and 5.76Mbps uplink, will be available for sale in March 2010. Achieving these speeds is dependent on various conditions such as transmission, access device capability and the number of subscribers using the site at that particular time of day.