13 December 2006

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Vodafone to launch 3.5G shortly

Vodafone Malta has announced that it plans to launch High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) later this month. The first 3.5G mobile phone, the Motorola V1100 will be available from Vodafone Retail Outlets later this month, whilst the HSDPA Mobile Connect Card V740 is already available for sale from Vodafone. HSDPA will first be available in the Paceville area and the Malta International Airport.
Chief executive officer Hatem Dowidar said that after the recent launch of 3G services, which to date is only available to Vodafone customers, the launch of HSDPA was a ground-breaking achievement for Vodafone. “I’m sure this news will delight our customers who are already enjoying the benefits of 3G technology.”
Dowidar announced that during the second quarter of 2007, in addition to mobile telephony, Vodafone would be addressing the home market, and along with mobile and fixed broadband Vodafone will be offering other services for home users.
“Vodafone has been leading the way in mobile technology since the first call in Malta on our network 16 years ago. We have consistently been introducing to the Maltese islands new technologies and new services. We are happy to close off 2006 with the launch of HSDPA, and with the launch of new, exciting services such as WiMax. 2007 promises to be another eventful year for Vodafone customers.”
The Mobile World subscriber database reports that Vodafone Malta ended the first half of this year with some 177,000 subscribers – representing a market share of just under 54%. The sole competitor is MobIsle Communications, which trades as Go Mobile.

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