Mobile operator T-Mobile UK claims to be the first UK carrier to have committed to deploying HSUPA technology on a nationwide basis.

As of Tuesday, July 1, users of the T-Mobile network are promised an improvement of to fivefold in the time it takes to upload photos and videos to web sites at speeds of up to 1.4Mbps.

The company said it is also upgrading the download capability of its HSDPA 3G network to 7.2Mbps, initially within the M25 but rolling out to other major cities during the second half.

T-Mobile is also trying to drive data usage, by cutting data roaming charges 80 per cent, to £1.50 per MB while travelling in EU member countries.

Customers signing up for Mobile Broadband before October will also receive a £5 discount, knocking the price down to £10 per month. An online ‘postcode checker’ also allows potential customers to gauge the coverage and strength of 3G signal at their home.

T-Mobile UK chief executive Jim Hyde said: “Mobile Broadband has come of age. Today, 25 per cent of new contract customers are signing up and we expect to quadruple our user base in 2008.”