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Survey finds 121% rise in HSPA user devices

Posted: 22 Jul 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:W-CDMA? HSPA? mobile broadband? network?

A new survey published by the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) found that the number of High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) user devices launched in the market has risen 121 percent over the past 12 months.

The GSA HSPA Devices Survey confirmed that 1,605 HSPA devices have been announced by 183 manufacturers worldwide. The survey offered evidence of how the mobile broadband eco-system enabled by W-CDMA-HSPA technology is both robust and flourishing. GSA confirmed that 881 new HSPA user devices were launched over the past year, which is equivalent to more than 70 new product announcements every month.

There are now 662 HSPA mobile phones, including several recent smart phone launches, according to the survey. The number of mobile phone products has increased by more than 88 percent year on year. The number of HSPA-enabled notebook products, another key segment, more than tripled in the same period to 336 models.

Excluding notebooks, almost half of High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) devices are capable of supporting peak download data speeds of 7.2Mbit/s peak or higher, including 8 HSPA+ devices supporting up to 21Mbit/s.

HSPA devices by market segment:

??662 mobile phones, including smart phones
??336 notebooks
??230 USB modems
??162 PC data cards and embedded modules
??151 Wireless routers/gateways
??27 Ultra Mobile PCs
??21 Femtocells
??10 Personal Media Players
??6 cameras

In addition, the number of HSUPA-capable (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) devices quadrupled over the past year to stand at 305 products today. More than a third of HSUPA devices support 5.8Mbit/s peak uplink data speeds. Navigational capabilities (GPS, A-GPS) are incorporated in 345 products, an increase of 238 percent over the past year.

Commenting on this latest survey, Alan Hadden, president of GSA said, "HSPA is firmly driving mobile broadband growth globally, and millions of new customers are signing up every month. Network speeds have increased and are matched by a huge choice of compatible devices for users. It is particularly encouraging to see that the number of suppliers increased by 59 percent, from 115 companies a year ago to 183 suppliers participating in the market today. Many of these companies are evolving their product portfolios to support HSPA+ and emerging LTE mobile broadband networks as the mainstream evolution path for operators."

HSPA mobile broadband systems are deployed in all the main cellular bands. While the majority operate in 2100 MHz spectrum, there has been an explosion in device availability in the lower frequency bands, including 850MHz as widely deployed in the Americas, Australia and parts of Asia, and at 900MHz. These bands are particularly well suited for economic wide area coverage, and improve penetration into buildings. For example, there are now 155 user devices (compared to 20 by mid-2008), which operate in the 900 MHz band, which is now being re-farmed in several countries for 3G/mobile broadband deployments by permitting deployment of UMTS900 (i.e. HSPA in the 900MHz band) networks.

Excluding notebooks, 414 tri-band HSPA devices i.e. 850/1900/2100MHz support global mobile broadband roaming.





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