Israeli cellco Cellcom has begun deploying high speed uplink packet access (HSUPA) equipment onto its network. The network is due to cover 80% of the population within a month. According to Adi Cohen, Cellcom’s Vice President of Marketing, his company will launch HSUPA-capable modems in mid-2007, with trials of the first equipment expected to begin within weeks.
Meanwhile rival Pelephone has published a request for proposals (RFP) for setting up a 3.5G high speed packet access (HSPA) network, which will operate alongside its current networks. The RFP was sent to Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, China’s ZTE Corporation and the Motorola-Huawei joint venture. Pelephone is expected to announce the winner within four months with the network scheduled to go live within 18 months.