January 15, 2006 Samsung used the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month to highlight its expertise in High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) technology by demonstrating speeds up to 3.6 Mbps. Although there have been several demonstrations of speeds up to 1.8 Mbps in the past, Samsung's demonstration of HSDPA handset speeds of 3.6 Mbps is the industry's first ever. A 3.6 Mbps HSDPA handset allows users to download content much faster than either a WCDMA or GSM/GPRS network. HSDPA, a new form of mobile broadband, is capable of transmitting data at speeds up to seven times faster than that of WCDMA. Users can enjoy large-scale multimedia downloads, such as DVD-quality movies and interactive multimedia games, with high-speed wireless Internet access comparable to speeds of fixed-line ADSL services.
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