in every eight commercial 3G/WCDMA operators have launched
HSPA, according to the
3G/WCDMA-HSDPA Fact Sheet published earlier this month by GSA (Global mobile
Suppliers Association). 211 WCDMA operators have launched commercial services in
91 countries, of which 185 operators have also launched HSDPA - High Speed
Downlink Packet Access. HSDPA mobile broadband services are now commercially
available in 80 countries. There are 103 commercial HSDPA operators in Europe,
36 in APAC, 24 in the Middle East and Africa region, and 22 in the Americas.
HSPA (the term which embraces
HSUPA) is driving
mobile broadband services globally and is supported by the largest and most
developed mobile broadband eco-system, which includes the greatest number of
user devices supporting all market segments and frequency combinations. HSPA
operators throughout the world are reporting strong subscription growth and
increased profitably with HSPA.
- 211 commercial WCDMA operators in 91 countries
- WCDMA technology in use by over 72 % of 293 commercial 3G operators
- Over 179 million WCDMA subscribers (Q4 07); 6.9 million monthly growth in
- 80 million WCDMA subscriptions added in 2007 i.e. over 81 % growth
- 220 HSDPA operator commitments in 92 countries; 185 operators launched
- 185 of 211 commercial WCDMA operators launched HSDPA (87.6 % = 7 out of 8)
- 80 HSDPA operators commercially launched during 2007; annual growth of 80 %
- Over 62 % of commercial HSDPA operators support 3.6 Mbps peak or higher
- Over 20 % of commercial HSDPA operators support 7.2 Mbps peak or higher
- 34 HSUPA operators commercially launched in 26 countries
- Over 1.1 billion GSM & WCDMA-HSDPA subscribers in HSDPA-enabled networks
- Over 800 WCDMA terminal devices launched in the market (October 2007)
- 403 HSDPA devices launched in the market by 80 suppliers (October 2007)
- 3G/WCDMA-HSPA Fact Sheet (March 10, 2008) is available at
80 HSDPA operators commercially launched services during 2007, representing
growth of 80 % while WCDMA is in use by over 72 % of commercial 3G operators
worldwide and is the technology of choice for delivery of mobile broadband
services. HSDPA is the first evolution of WCDMA.
Evolution of network data speeds enabled by HSDPA is another key trend
reported in the Fact Sheet. 116 commercial HSDPA operators, i.e. 62 %, support
downlink data speeds of 3.6 Mbps peak or higher, including 38 operators (over 20
%) who have launched 7.2 Mbps peak or higher.
An evolution is also taking place in uplink data speeds. High Speed Uplink
Packet Access (HSUPA) services have been launched by 34 operators in 26
countries, with 24 additional deployments on-going.
GSA's research also notes that the majority of HSPA operators combine with
GSM/EDGE for service continuity and the best user experience. 107 of 185
commercially launched HSDPA operators have also commercially launched EDGE.
GSA calculates there are over 1.1 billion GSM, EDGE and WCDMA-HSPA
subscribers in commercial HSPA-enabled networks worldwide.
Cheers ~ Arne