ADSL "TO BE OVERTAKEN SOON" IN SOUTH AFRICA BY MOBILE HSDPA
South Africa's mobile operators are investigating implementing the next upgrade beyond 3G: High-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA). Trials are under way to look at the feasibility of the upgrade.
The exciting part is that while 3G networks currently deliver speeds of only 64Kbps upstream and 400 to 700Kbps downstream, when used with 3G networks, high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) technology promises speeds around 384Kbps (up) and 1 800Kbps (down). Compare that with Telkom's most expensive ADSL offering's speeds of 256Kbps (up) and 1 024Kbps (down), or barely 1Mbps.
The really exciting part is that downlink speeds of up to 9Mbps have been achieved in European trials of HSDPA on 3G networks and indications are that downlink speeds will soon increase towards 14.4Mbps in the medium-term and a whopping 50Mbps in the long-term.
Unfortunately, this is no guarantee it will be within the reach of many South Africans, but HSPDA is the biggest hope we've had in a long while of upsetting the status quo.