O2 Introduces Faster 3G to UK Cities

O2 has begun to roll out a new initiative to major UK cities which will enable faster 3G connections and increase mobile data speeds.

The scheme makes use of a technology known as DC-HSPA, which is capable of providing speeds of up to 42MB per second, however, there has been no word as yet from the service provider as to which cities will receive the upgraded infrastructure.

Actual speeds that mobile users will have access to could be lower since 42MB is a theoretical figure based on ideal conditions. However, since no date has yet been confirmed for a potential roll out 4G services in the UK, the faster connections enabled by DC-HSPA will no doubt be welcomed by subscribers.

O2 isn’t the only UK service provider to be introducing the new 3G speeds either with Three planning on upgrading its networks this summer, and Orange and T-Mobile following suit later this year.

Vodafone is ahead of the pack and has been using a less powerful version of DC-HSPA for some time, albeit with a maximum speed of 28MB per second. The network has said it has no plans to increase speeds to 42MB per second, possibly waiting for the introduction of 4G networks instead.

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