Berne, 16 January 2007
Swisscom Mobile's data turbo HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) already covers 40% of the population. HSDPA is based on the UMTS network and allows mobile data transmission at speeds of up to 1.8 Mbps. Along with Mobile Unlimited for laptops, Swisscom now offers an HSDPA mobile phone. HSDPA is part of Swisscom's strategy to connect Switzerland with high-speed communications networks.
Swisscom Mobile started up the HSDPA turbo net in February 2006. The aim was to cover the cities of Berne, Geneva and Zurich by the middle of the year and to cover 40% of the population by the end of 2006. Swisscom Mobile has succeeded in reaching this ambitious goal. Along with Berne, Geneva and Zurich, HSDPA is now accessible in Basel, Davos, Lausanne, Lucerne, Lugano, St Gallen, St Moritz and Zug.
HSDPA enables a download speed of 1.8 Mbps, which is comparable to an ADSL connection. Swisscom Mobile is planning to increase the speed of mobile data transmission via HSDPA significantly.
The high-speed network can be used with Mobile Unlimited. Directly integrated into an Unlimited laptop or using an Unlimited PC Card 5 in 1, Mobile Unlimited brings together all mobile data technologies like HSDPA/UMTS/EDGE/GPRS. The card automatically searches for the fastest available network at any given time and switches seamlessly between the five technologies. Swisscom Mobile now has more than 40,000 Mobile Unlimited customers.
The first HSDPA-enabled mobile phone, the Motorola RAZR V3xx, is now available from Swisscom Mobile. The Vodafone live! mobile phone supports video telephony and mobile TV. Video clips, ringtones, games and other multimedia content can be downloaded four times as quickly, thanks to HSDPA. The new Motorola mobile is also equipped with Bluetooth, an MP3 player and a 1.3 megapixel camera. It costs CHF 99 (for 24 months) with a NATEL® swiss liberty subscription, or without a subscription, CHF 599.