Speaking of 3.6Mbps HSDPA equipment, Hong Kong carrier SmarTone-Vodafone has flipped the switch on what is apparently the world's first network-wide implementation of the boosted 3G standard. They're moving at a pretty good clip, too, considering that the 1.8Mbps setup that preceded it went live just this past June -- but even better, they intend to squeeze HSDPA for everything it's worth by 2008, taking the network all the way to its theoretical limit of 14.4Mbps downstream. We'd still be pleased as punch to see nationwide HSDPA at any speed in these parts, but it's encouraging to know that the hardware (and the optimistic attitude) necessary to push it to the max exists somewhere in the world.

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SmarTone-Vodafone lights up 3.6Mbps HSDPA