GSA Press Release – No of HSDPA networks increase by threefold

The latest press release from GSA has revised upwards the number of projected HSDPA networks by the end of the year from 63 to 80. 

Full Press release:

GSA Confirms 150% Surge in HSDPA Network Launches in 3 Months July 24, 2006: The number of HSDPA networks planned, in deployment or launched has reached 108 in 51 countries, according to new survey data released today by GSA – the Global mobile Suppliers Association.

The GSA survey confirms 45 commercial HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access – the first evolution of WCDMA) networks have launched worldwide, representing growth of 150% over the past three months.

HSDPA is a natural step in the evolution of GSM, bringing broadband speeds to mobile networks and offering highest performance at lowest cost, enabling true mass-market mobile IP multimedia services. The majority of 3G/WCDMA operators are deploying HSDPA in their networks as the new baseline for the full mobile broadband experience. HSDPA networks are commercially launched in 33 countries/territories, in the Americas (USA), APAC (Hong Kong, Malaysia, The Philippines, South Korea), Europe (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Madeira, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, UK) and the Middle East & Africa (Bahrain, Israel, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, UAE).

GSA today raised its prediction for the number of commercial HSDPA networks by end 2006 to reach 80.

HSDPA rollout has been strongly evident in Europe, with 15 of the EU25 countries now delivering commercial HSDPA services, and network deployments planned or underway in a further 7 countries.

A High Speed Packet Access network benefits the operator by leveraging existing assets, including:

· Spectrum

· Subscriber base

· Network infrastructure (sites, radio, core network, transmission)

· Operation and Management system and staff

· Subscriber management systems (authentication, billing)

For end-users HSDPA means shorter service response times, faster downloads, and new services. Operators are able to offer advanced services at lower costs, and with increased revenues and profitability.

On July 1, 2006 GSM celebrated 15 years in commercial service, over 2 billion subscriptions and over 81% share of the worldwide mobile communications market. Continuous development, a vast eco-system and economies of scale ensure the lowest Total Cost of Ownership for GSM network operators and users. GSM is the key, future-proof platform for growth and mobile access to the Internet and broadband, enabled by the GSM system family – EDGE, 3G/WCDMA and High Speed Packet Access (HSPA), to be followed by LTE (Long Term Evolution).

Download the GSA survey “HSDPA Operator Commitments” at www.gsacom.com/gsm_3g/wcdma_databank.php4#HSDPA_Operator_Commitments

HSDPA commercial deployment charts at www.gsacom.com/news/statistics.php4 Download “15 Years of GSM” at www.gsacom.comNOTES TO EDITORS The 25 European Union Member States (EU25) are: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom

GSA represents leading GSM/3G suppliers worldwide, with over 80% of GSM/3G market share globally. The member companies are Aeroflex, Agere, Broadcom, Business Logic Systems, CCww, Comsys Communication & Signal Processing, Ericsson, EDO-EVI, Hewlett Packard, Intel, Nokia, Openwave, Panasonic, Philips Semiconductors, Radixs, Siemens, Talking Eye, Tekelec, Telcordia, TTPCom, and Wavecom.

For more information visit: www.gsacom.com Media enquiries to: press@gsacom.comGSA Press Officepress@gsacom.com

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