January 26, 2011: Newly updated reports on worldwide mobile broadband market developments published by the GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) confirm the continuing strong performance of mobile broadband services enabled by HSPA-based systems across the world.
416 operators have committed to HSPA network deployments in 161 countries. HSPA is the first evolution of WCDMA and has been deployed by more than 99% of WCDMA operators. Commercial HSPA services are launched on 380 networks, 20% higher than a year ago. The number of markets where HSPA systems are launched has reached 155 countries, compared to 133 countries one year ago.
Network data speeds are rapidly evolving:
- 247 HSPA networks (65%) support 7.2 Mbps or higher peak downlink capability
- Over 35% of HSPA operators have launched HSUPA for fast data uploading performance
The introduction of evolved HSPA systems – HSPA Evolution, commonly referred to as HSPA+ was the major trend in 2010. HSPA+ networks supporting up to 42 Mbps peak downlink data speed are market reality, and some operators are already preparing to introduce the next evolutionary step of 84 Mbps
Alan Hadden, President of the GSA, said: “HSPA+ is now mainstream. This has been achieved in only 23 months since the first HSPA+ system was commercially launched. The recent trend was for operators introducing mobile broadband services to launch with HSPA. Most operators entering the market today are going straight to HSPA+.” [continues after graphic]
HSPA+ systems enable operators to deliver higher capacities and performance levels and contribute to an improved user experience of mobile broadband. 148 HSPA operators, i.e. approaching 40%, have committed to HSPA+ network deployments in 67 countries. A total of 103 operators i.e. more than 1 in 4, have commercially launched HSPA+ systems, in 57 countries.
- 79 commercial HSPA+ networks support a peak downlink data speed of 21 Mbps using 64QAM modulation, delivering a typical user experience up to 8 Mbps (depending on device capability)
- 11 commercial HSPA+ networks support 28 Mbps utilizing MIMO technology
- 13 commercial HSPA+ networks support 42 Mbps, which is achieved by combining 64QAM and doubling the bandwidth (DC-HSPA+)
Approximately 1 in 8 HSPA operators have committed to deploy 42 Mbps DC-HSPA+ capabilities on their networks. In addition to 13 systems already commercially launched as mentioned above, the GSA reports confirm at least an additional 32 operator commitments to deploy DC-HSPA+ technology.
5 operators have committed to the next HSPA Evolution step of 84 Mbps, which can be realized using a combination of DC-HSPA+ (64QAM) and MIMO. 84 Mbps systems and devices are expected to be commercially introduced in 2012.
The updated reports from GSA are available as free downloads to registered website users via the links on www.gsacom.com
- Global HSPA+ Network Commitments report: 103 commercial networks launched in 57 countries
- HSPA network operator commitments report: 380 HSPA networks launched in 155 countries
- WCDMA-HSPA Operator Launches Worldwide report: GSA confirms 383 commercial WCDMA networks launched
- Fast Facts: www.gsacom.com/news/gsa_fastfacts.php4
Numerous charts and maps depicting the mobile broadband market, growth and trends covering WCDMA, HSPA, HSPA Evolution (HSPA+) and LTE are available at www.gsacom.com/news/statistics.php4
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GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) represents GSM/EDGE/WCDMA-HSPA/LTE suppliers, providing reports, facts, analysis and information explaining market developments and trends. GSA-organized seminars facilitate enhanced dialog between operators, members and developer communities.
GSA member organizations: Aeroflex • AnyDATA Inc • Avvasi • Ericsson • inCode • mimoOn • MindTree Ltd • Nokia • Nokia Siemens Networks • Qualcomm • Sony Ericsson • SpiderCloud Wireless • ST-NXP Wireless • Talking Eye • Telcordia Technologies • Velocent Systems