Three announces 21Mbps Huawei mobile broadband dongle

21Mbps downloads and 5.7Mbps uploads on Three's HSPA+
Darren Allan

August 18, 2011
Three MiFi Huawei E586

Three has announced the launch of a new super-fast mobile broadband dongle, the Huawei E586.

The network claims this is the first mobile wi-fi device in the UK to feature next-gen HSPA+ mobile broadband tech.

That means speed gains of around 40% over existing Mi-Fi devices, initially, with that increasing further as Three rolls out its HSPA+ upgrade program across the country.

HSPA+ offers 21Mbps downloads and 5.7Mbps uploads, pretty darn nippy speeds, with Three expecting to have 80% of its network upgraded to HSPA+ by the time 2011 comes to an end.

The Mi-Fi dongle comes with an OLED screen which displays details such as the amount of data you’ve gone through, and the current speed of your connection. The device also comes with a charging cradle, and the battery life is estimated at between four and five hours.

It’s also worth mentioning that there’s a microSD slot so you can hook up 32GB worth of storage should you wish.

David Kerrigan, head of mobile broadband at Three, commented: “As the UK’s biggest 3G mobile broadband network, we’re delighted to introduce our high speed mobile Wi-Fi product.”

“This joins our award winning HSPA+ dongles making us the only operator offering an entirely next generation HSPA+ enabled range of mobile broadband products. Aside from this step up in speed, the new cradle charger, which looks great, will help people get the best performance in the home.”

Expect to see the Huawei E586 available in Three stores and online next month, although the network didn’t confirm the price.


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