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Survey confirms HSDPA to a bright future

The latest “HSDPA Devices” survey undertaken by GSA – the Global mobile Suppliers Association, underlines the huge rise in the number of HSDPA devices now available. The survey, published on April 3rd, 2007 and following announcements at the CeBit and CTIA trade shows, confirms that 254 HSDPA-capable devices have been launched, which is double the number reported in a similar GSA survey 3 months ago. The number of suppliers in the market increased from 39 to 62 in the same period.

The range of devices identified in the survey confirms all market segments are addressed by HSDPA:

  • 104 mobile phones
  • 54 PC datacards (PCMCIA cards and embedded modules) * 43 notebooks
  • 29 Wireless Routers
  • 20 USB modems
  • 3 Personal Media Players with HSDPA-connectivity
  • 1 camera with HSDPA-connectivity

The survey confirms that 40 devices support, or can be upgraded to, a high-speed downlink capability of 7.2 Mbps peak (according to network capabilities). The first 7.2 Mbps capable products begin shipping in volume this month.

At least 20 devices support, or can be upgraded for, HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access), initially delivering 2.1 Mbps (peak) for the uplink direction, as HSUPA services which are entering the commercial phase.

The survey also confirms how HSDPA is supporting enterprise and domestic Internet users. 117 devices enable high-speed broadband connectivity with full wide-area mobility for PC and notebook users. Fixed locations such as offices and homes can also be HSPA-enabled for broadband Internet connectivity, extending competitive choice. There is a wide and growing choice of wireless routers supporting HSPA as well as WCDMA, EDGE and GSM/GPRS radio access.

A related survey by GSA confirms there are 156 HSDPA network commitments in 72 countries/territories worldwide, including 104 commercially launched HSDPA networks in 54 countries.

Alan Hadden, President, GSA said “Positive user experiences of 3G/HSPA, greater choice of user devices, and increasing competitive alternatives from mobile operators for broadband services show HSDPA has entered the mainstream.”

The majority of 3G/WCDMA-HSPA systems operate in the internationally designated IMT-2000 core band spectrum of 1920 – 1980 MHz paired with 2110 – 2170 MHz (referred to as the 2100 band). Increasingly WCDMA-HSDPA devices are produced for tri-band operation, i.e. 850/1900/2100 MHz. At least 72 WCDMA-HSDPA devices can operate in the 850 MHz frequency band, as currently used for commercial WCDMA-HSDPA services in North America and Australia. The combination of growing choice of devices and rapidly developing economies of scale, means that deployment of 3G services in the 850 MHz band with WCDMA-HSDPA is a very attractive choice for operators with access to this band e.g. in Central and Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia Pacific and elsewhere.

The survey “HSDPA Devices – April 3rd, 2007” is available at www.gsacom.com/gsm_3g/wcdma_databank.php4#HSDPA_Devices

Charts showing HSDPA devices growth, segmentation, operator launches, etc. are available at http://www.gsacom.com/news/statistics.php4

The survey “HSDPA Operator Commitments – April 2, 2007” is available at here

About Kugan

Kugan is the founder of MalaysianWireless. He has been observing the mobile industry since 2003. Connect with him on Twitter: @scamboy
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