UK mobile carrier O2 has confirmed that it is rolling out DC-HSPA variant, which in turn support connections of speed of up to 42Mbps. A spokesman for O2 yesterday confirmed to CNET UK it has kicked off a rollout of DC-HSPA to “major UK cities”. He was unable to specify exactly which cities are getting the upgrade first, but London, Birmingham and Manchester are likely candidates. “We have begun rolling it out across the UK — starting with major cities,” he said.
Three is also planning to rollout a 42Mbps version of DC-HSPA over the summer and T-Mobile / Orange are planning to support the technology later this year. Vodafone, the fourth major UK network operator, started to rollout a variant of DC-HSPA last year, but with support for up to 28.8Mbps — the company says it has no plans to support the 42Mbps variant.