Monday, July 12, 2010

GSA Tracks Rapid Rise in HSPA Devices on the Market

The number of HSPA mobile broadband devices launched in the market has soared to 2,579 according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), which represents GSM/EDGE/WCDMA-HSPA/LTE suppliers.

This represents more than 48% expansion in the number of HSPA devices on the market since October 2009. The number of suppliers increased from 190 to 235 in the same period.

Some other notes:

  • The number of devices supporting HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) has increased 110% since October 2009 to 724 models. More than half (364) support, or are easily upgradeable for 5.76 Mbps peak or higher data speed.

  • Smartphones are another strong growth segment. Approximately 1 in 3 models of HSPA phones launched in the market today incorporate WiFi and GPS technologies.

  • Over 55% of HSPA devices support a peak data speed of at least 7.2 Mbps on the downlink (excluding notebooks and e-book readers). 50 HSPA Evolution (HSPA+) devices have been launched.

  • The main HSPA band globally is 2100 MHz.

  • Excluding notebooks and e-book readers, 401 HSPA devices i.e. 19% can operate in the 900 MHz band.

  • The 850 MHz band is very well supported by 940 devices (excluding notebooks and e-book readers). The 850/2100 MHz frequency combination is supported by 806 devices, and 690 tri-band 850/1900/2100 MHz devices enable global roaming.

  • GSA recently confirmed that mobile broadband service is now commercially available on 357 HSPA networks in 148 countries.