What is HSPA?
HSPA, which stands for High Speed Packet Access, is an evolution of the mobile technology from 2G to 3G to 3.5G.
When you see/hear about mobile broadband speeds 3.6 or 7.2Mbps they are referring to these theoretical maximum speeds. This is because factors like the distance between the user and the mobile mast, trees and other buildings as well as the number of users can all affect the speed experienced.
Factors affecting mobile broadband speed
The mobile broadband speeds experienced is affected by various factors including:
- Signal strength
- Distance from base station
- Interference and building clutter
- Hardware: computer processing speed & power supply
- Software: operating system and simultaneous usage of multiple applications
- Websites (Local/Overseas)
- The web server speed of the website you are visiting. i.e. how fast the network can receive data depends on how fast the web server can send them out.