Beer 'n' Broadband

10:50 AM -- This year's Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, will have more to offer than buxom Bavarians and bountiful beer for some customers of Telefónica O2 Germany GmbH & Co. OHG .

For the annual beer fest, the German operator will soup up its 3G mobile broadband network to trial Evolved High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA+) at 28 Mbit/s using equipment from Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , according to O2 Germany's VP of network development, Reinhard Herr.

Herr announced the trial plans at Huawei's Mobile User Congress customer event in Munich last week and explained that the operator wants to show the high-speed network to some of its business customers. He said O2 will bring those services to market after the trial and will share trial findings with other operators in the Telefónica group. (See Photos: On the Road With Huawei, O2 Germany Turns On DPI, and Huawei: Everyone Believes in Us.)


— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

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