The UK carrier O2 has started to roll out the 42Mbps variant of DC-HSPA. It is the fastest variant of 3G network. Samsung has confirmed that the UK model of the Galaxy S3 will support 42Mbps DC-HSPA according to ITProPortal.
The 42Mbps Dual-Cell High Speed Packet Access (DC-HSPA) is twice the speed of HSPA+ which is currently being used in the UK. The cities which are likely to receive the network from O2 include London, Manchester and Birmingham.
The UK model of the new iPad adds support to DC-HSPA. Besides new iPad, the European variant of Nokia Lumia 900 supports DC-HSPA. Possibly, the other UK carriers want to roll out the 42Mbps DC-HSPA.
"A spokesman for Three said it is planning to start a nationwide rollout of the up to 42Mbps flavour of DC-HSPA this summer, while Everything Everywhere - the company which owns Orange and T-Mobile - said it is aiming to roll out the DC-HSPA variant in the fourth quarter of this year," claims CNET.
Vodafone has been reportedly rolling out 28.8Mbps variant of DC-HSPA. In addition, the carrier has no plans of upgrading to the 42Mbps.
The DC-HSPA technology will use a pair of upload and download channels, while depending on two signals to improve the throughput concurrently.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is set to be released officially on 30 May, just few weeks away. The smartphone is already open for pre-order on T-Mobile. The carrier offers a two-year "Full Monty" plan which includes unlimited texts, unlimited T-Mobile calls along with 2000 minutes of calls to other networks. It is priced at £49.99 upfront with a monthly payment of £36.
The Galaxy S3 which has been the most talked about smartphone is expected to rival Apple's iPhone. The device comes with special features like Smart stay, Smart alert, Direct call and S voice. It boasts of a 4.8in Super AMOLED screen, powerful Exynos 4 quad-core processor and an eight megapixel rear-facing camera.