CTBC to launch HSPA+ services in Minas Gerais

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Brazilian telecom group Algar, controller of operator CTBC, will launch HSPA+ services in Minas Gerais state next week, news source Teletime reported.

The company has been performing tests in the city of Uberlândia, prior to confirming the launching.

With the technology, the operator expects to achieve download speeds of up to 21 Mbps.

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According to Teletime, all the HSPA+ equipment is being provided by Huawei.

Last week, Brazilian moblie market leader Vivoalso announced the deployment of HSPA+ services in the metropolitan region of São Paulo.

According to Vivo, the technology will enable it to offer internet access of speeds up to three times faster than those currently offered.

Nearly all the main operators in Brazil have been performing tests with the HSPA+ technology, but CTBC and Vivo are the only ones to officially announce the start of such operations.

HSPA+ technology is a migration up from 3G and is considered the step previous to LTE/4G.