Friday, March 31, 2006

More from MTN in HSDPA

MTN continues to make broadband available to over 10 million subscribers with the national roll-out of commercial High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) or 3G Evolved services. HSDPA went live on the MTN network on March 22, the first mobile operator to launch in South Africa.

‘’With one of the lowest mobile data rates in the world and easy to understand tariff packages, MTN subscribers are enjoying a fresh, seamless mobile experience with uncomplicated bills each month,’’ says Bernice Samuels, General Manager: Marketing and Corporate Affairs, MTN South Africa.

3G Evolved is ideal for applications such as mobile and interactive TV, enhanced video telephony, multiplayer gaming and information sharing. HSPDA or 3G Evolved will enable users to work faster and smarter through enjoying improved business and home mobility.

From an entertainment point of view, MTN customers will get the very best mobile 2006 FIFA World Cup content delivered near real time directly to their cellphones using video, MMS and SMS during the soccer showpiece in Germany this June.

‘’Go out and get a variety of MTN data cards that offer 3G Evolved services and also support 3G, 3G Evolved, EDGE and GPRS. These cards are available on the market in time for Easter,’’ Samuels says.

MTN is investing in excess of R600 million this financial year in its 3G network as it advances the roll-out of sites across South Africa.

‘’To date, we have activated HSDPA on our highest usage 3G sites, making commercial HSDPA available to subscribers in most urban areas. Our extensive 3G coverage also offers subscribers the ability to make relevant connections across our extensive footprint,’’ Samuels says.

MTN’s services on the network include voice calls and data connections. There is seamless movement between HSDPA, 3G, EDGE and GPRS at different speeds.

MTN subscribers enjoy 3G coverage across Gauteng and in Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein, and Port Elizabeth. Services include High Speed Data, Video Calling, 3G content downloads from MTNLoaded, Streaming JamCams and VideoMail.

HSDPA or 3G Evolved services will be available initially in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.

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