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HSPA Networks to Reach 500 Million Subscribers by End of June

08 июня 2011

The GSMA today announced that HSPA Mobile Broadband connections are expected to reach 500 million worldwide by the end of this month. Furthermore, LTE has now reached one million connections only a year and a half after the first commercial network launched.

Over the next five years, mobile operators are expected invest almost $100 billion in HSPA, HSPA+ and LTE networks.

The GSMA says that there are now more than 19 million HSPA connections being added each month and it is predicted that the industry will reach one billion HSPA connections by the end of 2012. LTE networks are also being rapidly introduced, with one million connections already and 300 million expected by 2015.

Joss Gillet, senior analyst at Wireless Intelligence commented: "The global rollout of HSPA+ and LTE networks will play a leading role in the evolution of cloud-based applications and services. Nevertheless, device availability, regulation and pricing are key factors that will dictate growth across global regions. With regards to LTE, the Asia Pacific region will account for 43 percent of LTE connections by 2015, but growth will initially be driven by developments in North America and Western Europe,"

The announcement highlights the success of HSPA, which has driven vast economies of scale across handsets, connected devices and network infrastructure. More than 3,100 devices support HSPA+ and there are now 350 live HSPA networks across 132 countries worldwide. Furthermore, 88 HSPA networks across 50 countries have been upgraded to HSPA+ with a further 52 network upgrades planned.

However, as user demand for Mobile Broadband continues to grow, more spectrum is needed to deliver the capacity that is required to support it. Many governments have yet to allocate the 'digital dividend' spectrum in the 700-800 MHz band, which will be freed up from the switchover to digital television and the 2.5-2.6 GHz band, which has been identified globally by the ITU as the '3G extension band'. There is also further scope for expansion through the refarming of 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum, which are mainly used for 2G networks by hundreds of operators worldwide.


Источник: Cellular news

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