Monday, April 11, 2011

GSA: Nearly 400 HSPA Systems in Operation

Commercial HSPA services have been launched on 398 networks, according to the GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association), 17% higher than a year ago. Some other newly released stats:

  • More than two-thirds of HSPA networks (68%) are configured to support at least 7.2 Mbps peak downlink data speeds, compared to just over half of HSPA networks one year ago.

  • 39% of operators have deployed HSUPA for fast data uploading performance, compared to 29% in April 2010.

  • 90 commercial HSPA+ networks support a peak downlink data speed of 21 Mbps using 64QAM modulation, delivering a typical user experience up to 8 Mbps (depending on device capability)

  • 10 commercial HSPA+ networks support 28 Mbps utilizing MIMO technology.

  • 23 commercial HSPA+ networks support 42 Mbps, which is achieved by combining 64QAM and doubling the bandwidth (DC-HSPA+).

GSA also notes that 5 operators have committed to the next HSPA Evolution step of 84 Mbps, which can be realized using a combination of DC-HSPA+ (64QAM) and MIMO. 84 Mbps systems and devices are expected to be commercially introduced within the next 12 months.

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