NSN Takes Telefónica to HSPA+

5:35 PM -- In a new equipment deal with Nokia Networks , Telefónica de España said it plans a major upgrade to its 3G network that will boost the access speeds from the current 7.2 Mbit/s to 42 Mbit/s. (See Telefónica Spain Does HSPA+ With NSN.)

The upgrade looks like it could rely on dual-carrier technology to achieve the increase in downlink speeds, but that is not yet clear. Telefónica will use Nokia Siemens' Flexi base stations. (See MWC 2010: Dual-Carrier Duel and DT, NSN Demo HSPA+.)

Mobile broadband is hot in Spain. Telefónica had 21-Mbit/s HSPA+ rolled out in Madrid and Barcelona in time for the Mobile World Congress in February. Vodafone España S.A. has also rolled out HSPA+ in the country. And Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR) has set up shop with its WiMax network in some parts of the country as well. (See Telefónica Revs Spanish 3G , Telefónica Picks Sierra Wireless, Clearwire Takes WiMax to Spain, and Clearwire Launches on the Costa del Sol.)

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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