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Vodafone UK partners with Huawei to launch its smallest HSUPA USB Stick


Customers can enjoy high-speed wireless Internet access

[Newbury, 14 January 2008,], Vodafone UK and Huawei Technologies (“Huawei”),  a leader in providing next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, have announced that they have commercially launched a next generation USB device, the Vodafone Mobile Broadband USB Modem Stick or E172, which boasts High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) technologies and an innovative design.

The E172 enables uplink speeds of up to 2Mbps and download rates of 7.2 Mbps. Within Vodafone’s HSPA network, the device will facilitate fast Internet browsing, instant access and the uninterrupted ability both to upload and download data. Combining cutting-edge technologies with sleek design, Vodafone’s customers can look forward to enjoying high-speed wireless access, both at home and on the go.  The plug-and-play featured devices are compatible with Windows (Vista and XP) and Mac OSX, and can be used on a PC, laptop or handheld device.
The Vodafone E172 is the world’s slimmest and smallest HSUPA USB stick, and was designed with the elegance of a sleek white piano in mind. Highly portable, it is perfect for mobile users, with built-in features ensure that the USB’s cap cannot be dropped or lost.

“For personal use or remote working, customers buy Vodafone for predictability, unrivalled speeds, reliability and ease of use. Our customers are seeing real benefits from the ease of use offered by our USB plug and go device, coupled with our increased network speeds. As a result, they have increased their usage six-fold as they use the service to work more productively or surf the internet”, commented Kyle Whitehill, Vodafone UK, Enterprise Director. “Vodafone was the first to improve download speeds with HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access), the first to increase upload speeds with HSUPA, and now we’re pushing the boundaries of usability even further with a groundbreaking compact design.”

“We are excited to have launched the E172 in collaboration with Vodafone,” said Steven Lau, director of Huawei European Terminal Department, “We are confident that customers will be delighted with the mobile lifestyle it will bring. Nowadays consumers expect mobile service providers to demonstrate constant innovation and Huawei is very pleased to be working with Vodafone to fulfill these expectations.”

About Vodafone

Vodafone UK has 17.4 million customers and is part of the world’s leading international mobile telecommunications Group, offering a wide range of voice and data communications. The company is committed to providing mobile solutions that allow both consumer and business customers to make the most of now. In addition, Vodafone connects customers across the globe with roaming agreements worldwide. It provides 3G roaming in 29 countries and offers great roaming value with Vodafone Passport. For more information, please visit
About Huawei Technologies

Huawei Technologies is a leader in providing next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world. The company is dedicated to providing innovative and customized products, services and solutions to create long-term value and potential growth for its customers. Huawei’s products and solutions are deployed in over 100 countries and serve 31 of the world’s top 50 operators, as well as over one billion users worldwide.

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