Mobile internet from O2:HSPA+ goes live in Munich

-Download rates of up to 28 MBit per second for the first time
-Technology partner is Huawei Technologies
-Two months of free testing for signed customers
MUNICH. Telefónica O2 Germany is starting the live operation of the mobile HSPA+ data network in an urban area of Munich. The kick-off will be on 3 November 2009. HSPA+ enables download rates of up to 28 MBit per second and upload rates of up to 5.76 MBit/s. The network technology and the surfstick will be provided by O2's partner Huawei Technologies.
During the initial phase, signed O2 customers who work or live in the western urban area of Munich or around Munich's Marienplatz will be able to test the new mobile broadband internet. They will receive a stick from Huawei and the required mobile data flat rate. Until 31 December 2009 no additional costs will accrue to these customers for the use of HSPA+. The high HSPA+ upload and download rates enable high quality internet television, fastest response times for online games and even more efficient access to business data. "The mobile web is growing rapidly with more and more customers using mobile applications. We are one of the first companies worldwide to offer our customers a completely new mobile internet experience with HSPA+", says René Schuster, CEO Telefónica O2 Germany. "With this technology, we are taking a big step forward into the future." O2 operates one of the most modern mobile data networks in Europe. "In the last couple of years, we have invested about € 3.5 billion in our network infrastructures and the Connect Netztest 2009 only recently endorsed the high quality of the O2 mobile network both in terms of telephony and the mobile internet", says Andrea Folgueiras, CTO Telefónica O2 Germany. Huawei and O2 have successfully worked together on the German market for quite some time. The companies are cooperating, among other things, to expand O2's German mobile network.
Telefónica O2 Germany GmbH & Co. OHG belongs to Telefónica Europe and is part of the Spanish telecommunication group Telefónica S.A. The Company offers its German private and business customers postpaid and prepaid mobile telecom products as well as innovative mobile data services based on the GPRS and UMTS technologies. In addition, the integrated communications provider also offers DSL fixed network telephony and high-speed internet. Telefónica Europe has about 48 million mobile and fixed network customers in Great Britain, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany.