China's ZTE Unveils Next Generation Data Cards

Shenzhen-based ZTE Corporation, a global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, has announced the launch of two new data cards as part of its high speed packet access product family.

MF662 is a compact HSDPA+ data card, offering consumers enhanced data speeds, and MF645 is a USB TV data card, allowing viewers to watch digital TV from a laptop over a mobile broadband connection.

MF662 has been specifically designed for HSPA+ networks, the evolution of the current HSPA-based 3G network technology that will allow users to have a much faster mobile broadband connection. The adaptor offers download and upload rates of up to 21.6 Mbps, up from 14.4Mbps on HSPA) and 5.76Mbps, respectively.

ZTE state that MF645 is the world's smallest TV data card, and it is believed to be the world's first plug-and-play data card. This USB modem enables consumers to watch digital television on a computer or laptop over a 3G connection. As the MF645 supports a download rate of up to 7.2Mbps, and is said to offer a user experience that is similar to traditional TV sets.

The emergence of high-bandwidth services such as mobile TV, downloading of music TV and film clips, 3D interactive games with multiple players, and large volume mail services is placing significant strain on network speed and capacity. HSPA+ is designed address this challenge by providing high download and upload links and greater capacity.

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