|GSA Survey Confirms 637 HSPA Devices Launched and 150% Annual Growth|
Posted: 07-Apr-2008 [Source: GSA]
[GSA's latest HSPA Devices Survey identifies 637 HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) products now launched, representing an annual growth of 150%.]
GSA, the Global mobile Suppliers Association, confirms a massive rise in the number of HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) devices introduced onto the market. GSA's latest HSPA Devices Survey identifies 637 HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) products now launched, representing an annual growth of 150%. The number of suppliers increased from 62 to 110 in the same period. The survey incorporates product launch announcements at recent trade shows including CES, Mobile World Congress, CeBIT and CTIA.
GSA's HSPA Operator Commitments Survey in March 2008 reported that 116 commercial HSDPA operators i.e. 62%, support downlink data speeds of 3.6 Mbps peak or higher, and 38 operators (over 20%) who had launched 7.2 Mbps peak or higher. 190 HSDPA devices support a downlink capability of 3.6 Mbps peak. 128 devices have been launched which support, or can be upgraded for a high-speed downlink capability of 7.2 Mbps peak.
The majority of HSPA operators have installed GSM/EDGE for service continuity and the best user experience. Device manufacturers are also supporting this requirement, with the survey showing that over 70% of HSPA devices also support GSM/EDGE.
WCDMA and HSPA are part of the evolutionary roadmap for GSM and the natural evolution path followed by GSM network operators worldwide. HSPA, the term that embraces HSDPA and 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. Seven in every eight commercial 3G/WCDMA operators have launched HSPA, who throughout the world report strong subscription growth and increased profitably with HSPA.
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