Dhivehi Raajjeyge Gulhun (Dhiraagu), the Maldives’ incumbent telecoms operator, has launched a HSPA+ network, enabling subscribers to benefit from faster mobile broadband speeds across the country. Local daily Miadhu News reports that the launch follows testing of the technology in the greater Male area, while Dhiraagu has also begun preparing its mobile network for 4G LTE. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that rollout of the operator’s W-CDMA/HSDPA network began in 2009, with commercial services, offering maximum download speeds of up to 2.6Mbps, launched in March 2010 under the brand ‘3G Plus’. Since then, 3.5G coverage has been expanded to 82% of the population. Dhiraagu’s sole competitor in the mobile market, Wataniya Telecom Maldives, launched its own W-CDMA/HSDPA network in Male in April 2008, and is also understood to be rolling out HSPA+ technology.
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