HSDPA or mobile Broadband
HSDPA is an acronym for High Speed Downlink Packet Access and is commonly referred to a Mobile Broadband or Wireless Broadband. HSDPA technology is the third generation of mobile broadband internet and can also be referred to a 3G internet.
HSDPA internet connections allow you to access the internet at high speeds no matter where you are in Australia, through 3G technology and mobile phone networks.
To use an HSDPA internet connection you will need an enabled device. Enable devices can be some mobile phones, laptops with HSDPA wireless capability or through a USB card that picks up mobile broadband signals, supplied by a mobile broadband internet provider. To connect to a HSDPA broadband service you will need a mobile broadband modem. These can be purchased form you broadband provider or from an electronic store. You will need to check the compatibility of the device before purchasing anything from an electronics store. If you are new to mobile broadband the easiest option is to purchase a modem from your provider. Most Mobile Broadband providers will offer a free modem on a least one of their HSDPA plans.
For example, for $19.99 a month Optusnet offers a 1GB mobile broadband plan with a free USB wireless modem when bundling the service with a mobile or home phone plan. To take this plan you will need to sign up on a 24 month contract.
Exetel offers a 2GB mobile broadband plan for $22.50 a month without a contract but you will have to supply our own modem which can be purchased for a one off charge of $145.
Mobile broadband or HSDPA speeds vary depending on your location and service provider. In some metropolitan centres speeds can reach up to 3600kbps, but realistic speeds range from 512 to 15000kbps with most HSDPA services. On a 3600kbps mobile broadband connection you could theoretically download a 3MB music file in approximately 8.3 seconds. However, realistic speeds will vary and speed on the signal strength and network usage in your current location.
3, Exetel, Bigpond, Optus, Vodafone, Dodo, and iPrimus all offer HSDPA plans depending on the area you live. HSDPA signals can be interfered with by buildings, weather and geography. Wherever you receive a strong mobile phone signal you will be able to get a reliable HSDPA broadband service. However, it is important to check the service coverage in your area before signing up to a mobile broadband plan.
With Mobile Broadband internet connections constantly gaining popularity coverage and speeds will improve as service providers invest in infrastructure. The increasing number of providers of mobile broadband services also means this is a great time to take advantage of increased market competition and get a great deal on a mobile broadband internet plan.
You can compare Australian Mobile Broadband deals at Compare Broadband.