Australia's Telstra on Monday revealed that its 21-Mbps mobile broadband service will be available to business customers from 23 February, with a consumer launch to follow in April.
The telco is the first in the world to launch a commercial 21-Mbps service. And while some operators elsewhere in the world claim to be hot on its heels, the Australian incumbent is streets ahead when it comes to live deployment.
A total of 286 mobile operators have committed to launching HSPA services and 219 of those have already gone live, said GSMA chairman Rob Conway at Mobile World Congress this morning. Those figures refer to operators with services running at 1.8 Mbps and above, Conway said.
There are three operators with services of 4.4 Mbps, and of course Telstra at 21 Mbps, he added.
But one operator in particular is keen to show it is not being left behind.
"Vodafone is trialling 21 Mbps," said Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao.