Cell phone service provider T-Mobile, a unit of incumbent telco Magyar Telekom Nyrt, launched improved 3G data transfer technology called HSDPA on Wednesday, the first among the market players in Hungary.
In the first step, the service is available in downtown Budapest, allowing a transfer rate of 1.5 Mbps/384 kbps (down/up), a bandwidth competitive with fixed-line broadband internet services. Availability will be extended to most of Budapest and several other cities in the country by the end of the year. Later the transfer rate may be increased up to 10 Mbps/2 Mbps.
Rival Pannon has been testing the technology since the end of last year, while Vodafone's parent company is running the technology tests in other countries.