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    GSA survey said to confirm 121% rise in HSPA user devices


    The number of HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) user devices launched in the market has risen 121% over the past 12 months, according to a new survey published today by the GSA.

    The GSA HSPA Devices Survey is said to confirm that 1,605 HSPA devices have now been announced by 183 manufacturers worldwide, and is said to provide clear evidence of how the mobile broadband eco-system enabled by WCDMA-HSPA technology is both robust and flourishing. GSA has 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.

    HSPA successfully addresses all market segments, says GSA,. and there are now 662 HSPA mobile phones, including several recent smartphone launches. The number of mobile phone products has increased by more than 88% year on year, while 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 HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) devices are capable of supporting peak download data speeds of 7.2 Mbps peak or higher, including 8 HSPA+ devices supporting up to 21 Mbps.

    HSPA devices by market segment:

    662 mobile phones, including smartphones
    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 (PMPs)
    6 cameras

    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 5.8 Mbps peak uplink data speeds. Navigational capabilities (GPS, A-GPS) are incorporated in 345 products, an increase of 238% 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%, 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 HSPA+ 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 850 MHz as widely deployed in the Americas, Australia and parts of Asia, and at 900 MHz. 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 900 MHz band) networks.

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