Orange has completed the upgrade of over 760 sites in Northern Ireland and Scotland to its new 3G HSPA (3G+) network, resulting in a 20% improvement in network performance for both voice and data services.
HSPA or High Speed Packet Access enables cellular operators to offer high-speed 3G data and voice services over their GSM technology to mobile phones, laptops and portable devices.
Orange HSPA now ensures “reliable services” over its 3G HSPA network in cities and towns, major roads, rail routes, business parks and conference centres, hotels and airports in Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Orange says that the new upgrade means 3G coverage for over 94% population and over 70% 3G+ coverage across the UK. It aims to provide speeds of up to 7.2Mbps in the top 30 UK cities and 2Mbps for 80% of entire population.