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Vodafone Plans 7.2mbps Mobile Broadband Bonanza For UK Cities

Competition is ramping up as Vodafone UK announces that it will extend its high-speed mobile broadband network to some other major cities in the UK to serve an additional three million consumers.

Users in Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Reading will get access to its 7.2mbps 3G network by the end of the year according to a Vodafone statement, although one can expect the actual speeds to be significantly less.

Vodafone's broadband network uses HSDPA (high speed downlink packet access) technology, sometimes called 3.5G, which will allow uploads of up to 1.8mbps, a six-fold increase over the current 300kbps limit.

Mobile phone operators have been keen to cash on the recent popularity of mobile broadband access and have been quite open about getting their pricing scheme simplified with exorbitant per megabyte charges abolished and replaced by affordable packages with an allocated data transfer.

Earlier this month, Vodafone had introduced unlimited Internet access with its mobile phone packages although the small prints say that the fair usage policy limit was only 500MB, half what other rivals offer on their entry level package.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.