Rogers Wireless, Canada's biggest GSM provider, has just announced their delivery of High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) in Canada.
HSDPA is a next generation wireless technology (3.5G) that allows you to send and receive data quickly (up to 3.6MB/s in downlink). This makes mobile computing such as web browsing or emailing practical instead of just bearable. "For mobile workers, HSDPA is the great equalizer," said John Boynton, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers Wireless. "Whether you're in the office or on the road will no longer dictate how fast you can access your data. From now on, wireless subscribers can enjoy high-speed mobile Internet and multimedia downloads at speeds previously possible only on a wired connection."
Currently available in the greater Toronto region (more cities to follow next year), Rogers' HSDPA service will work on your laptop in conjunction with the Sierra Wireless AirCard 860. The 860 will be available at Rogers Wireless locations starting November 24 for an introductory price of $49.99 with a three year term or $349.99 with a one or two year term. Existing data price plans apply.
If you want HSDPA on your phone instead of your laptop, you'll need to hold out a bit longer. Roger's offers no definite timeline but we should expect to see an HSDPA compatible handset on Rogers before Christmas.