Huawei Technologies, provider of next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators, has announced that it has been awarded a UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System)/HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) contract by PTK Centertel, Orange Poland. The contract is said to reaffirm Huawei's position as a significant 3G supplier to PTK Centertel, with a 50 percent share of the operator's UTRAN (UMTS Terrestrial Radio Access Network).

Over the next three years, Huawei will deploy its new generation Node B solution across Poland's major cities. Huawei's new generation Node Bs support full-performance HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access), HSUPA (High-Speed Uplink Packet Access), and IP RAN (IP-based Radio Access Network). As a result, customers are expected to get better access to the latest 3G services and mobile Internet.

"We believe that Huawei can enable us to implement the most modern telecommunications technologies and provide high quality networks and services, whilst significantly reducing the total cost of ownership," said Grazyna Piotrowska Oliwa, chairman & CEO, PTK Centertel. "This contract recognises Huawei's commitment to helping PTK Centertel to achieve its strategic objectives."

"Huawei already works with Orange around the world, providing both mobile and core networks," said William Xu, president of Huawei Europe. "Having already started UMTS/HSPA projects on behalf of Mobistar (FT Group) and Orange Romania, we are delighted to further strengthen our relationship, by commencing with this contract in Poland."

"Huawei is committed to fast delivery and excellent service - and it is these qualities, I believe, that are leading us to becoming Orange's provider of choice," continued Xu.

Vodafone Czech Republic and Amobee Media Systems have announced the commercial launch of a new mobile advertising service. Using Amobee's Media System, Vodafone CZ will display advertising in its Vodafone live! portal, as well as its messaging services and games downloads.

Amobee was selected by Vodafone CZ based on its ability to provide a holistic mobile advertising solution and the robustness of its system. Amobee is inserting targeted, interactive advertisements into several Vodafone CZ communication and entertainment services using a single, advertising server. Amobee's media system is composed of an off-line campaign management system and an on-line ad-server enabling the delivery of relevant advertising impressions in all mobile services (Games, on and off portal browsing, video, music, SMS, MMS, IM, search, user generated applications etc).

Amobee's Media System enables Vodafone CZ to deliver a potentially powerful new media channel to advertisers and brands. In particular Vodafone CZ is using the Amobee Media System to launch a messaging service to students allowing them to send free SMS messages throughout the entire school year in exchange for receiving advertising.

"We are pioneers of Mobile Advertising on the Czech market and leading the rest of the Vodafone globally with our solution," said Grahame Maher, CEO at Vodafone CZ. "The Amobee platform launch is a first for Vodafone in the Czech Republic. This has given us a tool to accelerate the deployment of ad-funded services and provides us with a new revenue stream and media channel by engaging brands and advertisers. We are confident both our subscribers and advertisers will be satisfied with the value this new service will provide."

"The industry is united in recognising the potential of mobile as a media channel in its own right - allowing advertisers to deliver their messages in a more personal, relevant and contextual way than has ever been possible in the past," said Zohar Levkovitz, CEO of Amobee. "Vodafone's launch in the Czech Republic signals a new role for mobile operators in the advertising world, creating an entirely new channel for advertisers and a new way for consumers to enjoy more mobile services."

Apple and O2 announced today that O2, the leading wireless carrier in the UK, will be the exclusive UK carrier for Apple's iPhone when it makes its debut in the UK on November 9.

iPhone combines three devices into one: a mobile phone, a widescreen iPod, and the best mobile Internet device ever, all based on Apple's revolutionary multi-touch interface and  software that allows users to control iPhone with a tap, flick or pinch of their fingers. Apple sold its one millionth iPhone 74 days after it went on sale in the US on June 29.

"We're thrilled to be partnering with O2 to offer our revolutionary iPhone to UK customers," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "US iPhone customer satisfaction is off the charts, and we can't wait to let UK customers get their hands on it and learn what they think of it."

"Our strategy at O2 is to bring our customers the best products and experiences," said Matthew Key, CEO, O2 UK. "The iPhone is a breakthrough that is changing the way people use their mobiles forever, and we're thrilled to have it exclusively for O2 customers in the UK."

Spin3, a leading provider of mobile gambling solutions powered by Microgaming, the online gaming software provider, has announced a deal with International Marketing Concepts and Innovation, a Netherlands-based company active in realizing and supporting successful projects and concepts to New Media, Telecom's and ICT-organizations. Under the deal, Spin3 will provide IMCI with the SpinLite suite of stand-alone, play-for-fun casino style mobile games later this year.

IMCI's main expertise is in providing lotteries with creative ideas for interactive SMS-games and TV programming. In addition, they specialize in supporting companies in the electronic distribution of prepaid payment processing solutions. SpinLite will now extend the product line for their customers who provide games, ring tones, wallpapers and music to leading mobile operators in Scandinavia and the Benelux-region. The deal with Spin3 marks the first time it has branched into the fast growing wireless casino market in order to enhance the varied product portfolio that now includes the following casino style games: Tomb Raider Video Slot, BlackJack, Roulette and Video Poker.

Michael Boevink, CEO of IMCI says: "The SpinLite suite of play-for-fun games is perfect for us as it provides a ready made games platform allowing us to expand the product offering to our customers and, most importantly, penetrate new markets and expand our revenues. The popularity of casino style games is rapidly increasing and Spin3 has provided an ideal opportunity for us and our lottery customers to introduce such games into the growing world of wireless content. We look forward to our partnership with them."

Matti Zinder, Head of Spin3 says: "Winning such an interesting client with marketing knowledge and experience in both the mobile and lottery business is further proof of Spin3's leading position in the mobile gambling market, which is continually growing.  Spin3 offers total mobile casino solutions and that includes high-quality play-for-fun games, which are highly sought after by mobile content aggregators. We are being approached by more and more content aggregators and marketing companies who see the future and value in mobile gambling. The mobile industry is fast developing into an entertainment hub for consumers, so the chance to play-for-fun or for real means that consumers really can be part of an exciting casino whilst on the move."

Nokia has added to its Eseries portfolio of business devices with the introduction of the new Nokia E51 device. 

An all-round device, the Nokia E51 is said to be ideal for business professionals who require reliable, real-time access to business and people, need to manage time effectively and value a single device that is easy to set up, maintain and use. Nokia E51 users with Nokia mobility solutions can experience mobile telephony, mobile email and messaging, office phone functionality, and cost savings - with the convenience of one phone number, one voice mailbox, one dial plan - in a single device.

"Business users increasingly need one device that they can count on to work productively and which offers them the level of efficiency that brings more freedom and balance to their personal lives," said Antti Vasara, senior vice president, Mobile Devices Unit, Enterprise Solutions, Nokia.  "With the new Nokia E51 device, we are responding to this need with a business smartphone that combines the latest advances in business mobility and a classic, stainless steel design, at a price that makes it perfect for company-wide deployments." 

Nokia has simplified the use of its business devices via the following:

- A home screen including user-selected icons to the most used applications
- One Touch keys with one-click access to key functionalities including email, contacts, calendar and the home screen
- Set-up wizards offering step-by-step guidance for setting up email accounts, configuring Internet calling and accessing wireless local area networks
- Integration with a wide range of business email solutions, including Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email and Mail for Exchange to communicate with Microsoft Exchange Server, and consumer email
- Streamlined email reading experience with easy access to attachments
- Dedicated Email key on the front cover, indicator light for new email, and a preview window to the latest email on the home screen to help keep up with email when on the move

Nokia E51 also extends business value to end users and businesses through its ability to integrate tightly with corporate telephony systems (PBX) through Nokia Mobile Unified Communications solutions such as Nokia Intellisync Call Connect for Cisco and Nokia Intellisync Call Connect for Alcatel. These solutions deliver desk phone calling features - such as extension dialing, hold, transfer and conferencing - to a single, mobile device. Companies can also reduce their international call charges by routing the call over the corporate IP networks.

"Nokia and BT share a vision that business mobility adoption will thrive when our collective customers and their respective end users, derive productivity improvements from mobile enabled applications," said Rakesh Mahajan, global director of mobility at BT Global Services. "For the BT Corporate Fusion solution, we chose the Nokia E51 for its classic Nokia business smartphone features and design, its ease of integration into our solution, and its affordability, making it more appealing for widespread use within companies of all sizes."

Nokia E51 is also ideal for any user wishing to leverage broadband connections to access mobile Internet telephony from homes and hotspots. For example, Gizmo, a Voice over IP (VoIP) application, is available for Nokia Eseries customers free of charge, enabling users to make and receive inexpensive calls from their mobile phones and chat or talk with friends who are online.  Gizmo application is available to Nokia Eseries customers through the Nokia Download! application on their mobile phone.

In addition to increased features and functionality for business use, Nokia E51 lends itself well to personal use and offers a polished look for both business and personal use. The thin, stainless steel device is equipped with personal applications, including:

- FM radio, music and multimedia players
- 2 megapixel camera
- Nokia browser, serving as the gateway to a variety of Internet services including interoperability with Windows Live, providing mobile access to most popular Windows Live services including Hotmail, Messenger and Spaces, available through the Nokia Download! application
- Via the Download! application access to Yahoo Go! WidSets, and a number of travel, personal productivity and entertainment applications

Nokia E51 is the latest offering in the Nokia Eseries portfolio of business optimized devices that support companies' business mobility strategies by protecting their investments in workforce mobility. Joining the ranks of Nokia E90 Communicator, Nokia E61i and Nokia E65, the Nokia E51 device enables business users to collaborate, communicate, and operate whether they are conducting business from their offices, working remotely or traveling - while also keeping in touch with their personal lives.

Nokia E51 will be globally available during the fourth quarter of 2007 for an unsubsidized retail price of approximately 350 EUR.

Ericsson has signed a turnkey contract with Vodafone Netherlands to deploy the Ericsson Automatic Data Retention Solution (ADRS), bringing the operator in line with a new EU directive, and marking a 'world-first' deployment of the Ericsson ADRS.

Under the contract, Ericsson will deliver a turnkey solution - from systems integration to business support systems - for Vodafone Netherlands' existing network.

Ericsson's solution enables operators to collect, store and deliver data in accordance with EU directive 2006/24/EC on data retention. Under the directive, operators must store traffic data for up to 24 months. The directive is set to be incorporated into national laws by September 15, 2007, and will eventually become mandatory for all European operators.

Fredrik Alatalo, Head of Ericsson's Core and IMS product line, says: "This deal extends Ericsson's long-standing relationship with Vodafone Netherlands, and the world-first deployment of Ericsson ADRS marks an industry milestone. Ericsson's end-to-end solution provides flexibility and scalability and is compliant with national regulations regarding data availability, integrity and protection."

Axiom Systems, a leader in service fulfillment and service assembly solutions, has announced that Pipex Wireless, owned by Pipex Group and Intel Capital and the only provider of WiMAX services in the UK, has chosen Axiom Systems to support the country's largest wholesale WiMAX Access network.  

Pipex Wireless will use the AXIOSS Suite to automate service provisioning thus speeding up and improving accuracy within the fulfillment process. They will also use the Suite to add new and alter existing services quickly, with reusable components.  Like other service providers that use the componentized AXIOSS Suite, Pipex Wireless' aim is to have a flexible and fast approach to service creation. The project will roll out to major cities in the UK starting with "Go Live" in Manchester later this year.  

"In selecting Axiom Systems, Pipex Wireless was most impressed by the speed and ease with which AXIOSS can provision new services," said Brendan O'Rourke, COO at Pipex Wireless. "This will be a groundbreaking telecommunications project, the first commercial deployment of WiMAX in the UK, which will launch a new generation of personal broadband services for our customers."   He continues, "We required an advanced solution with a record of successful installations and AXIOSS was the most effective at helping Pipex Wireless achieve this goal."  

"Communications providers such as Pipex Wireless are all now looking to automate the assembly of existing components in their architecture, so that time-to-market for new products can be measured in minutes rather than months," said Gareth Senior, CEO of Axiom Systems. "As a service creation platform that takes a modular approach in itself, AXIOSS is uniquely placed to help companies like Pipex Wireless achieve a rapid return on their investment and adopt a framework that enables them to take advantage of the product opportunities presented by the latest emerging technologies."  

Google has today announced the availability of AdSense for Mobile, a programme that contextually targets ads to mobile website content.

AdSense for Mobile also gives AdSense publishing partners the ability to earn revenue from their mobile websites through the targeted placement of mobile text ads. With the programme, advertisers can connect with the growing number of mobile publishers, ultimately providing users with an enhanced mobile experience that helps them find what they are looking for more quickly and efficiently whilst they are 'on the go'.

Sean Cornwell, Senior Product Marketing Manager of Google UK, said: "With AdSense for Mobile, the reach of the Google content network is extended to the mobile platform. AdSense for Mobile provides a valuable way to connect mobile users with the right ad at the right time as they seek information on the go, whilst offering publishers another way to increase their revenues".

AdSense for Mobile is intended for AdSense partners who have created websites specifically for mobile browsers, and who want to monetise their mobile content via contextual advertising. Like Google's other AdSense products, mobile text ads run on an auction model. The system automatically reviews the content of publishers' mobile websites and delivers text ads that are relevant to the websites' audience and content. Publishers earn money whenever mobile users click on the ads.

AdSense for Mobile will be available in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Ireland, and the Netherlands.

Elisa, a leading Finnish communications service company, has announced the launch of its Windows Live Messenger mobile service provided by Colibria. The service enables over 2.2m subscribers to chat instantly with friends and colleagues whether via mobile handset or PC.
 
The new Windows Live Messenger service fuses the feature-rich experience of internet IM with the intimate, engaging nature of mobile. Colibria's end-to-end Mobile Instant Messaging (MIM) solution supports an intuitive, personal experience built on its award-winning server and client technology. The immediate and expressive nature of MIM with dialogue history and emoticons allows for a richer, more community focused messaging experience.
 
Mikko Mattinen, Head of Content Services at Elisa commented, "Mobilising IM users and encouraging a new community of messenger users is key to our position as a leading innovator in this market. We are happy to start co-operation with Colibria and trust their technology."
 
Keith Gibson, CEO at Colibria commented, "Providing a dynamic and intuitive platform for Elisa to bring together PC IM users and mobile subscribers will create a superior community messaging experience for customers. In addition to enabling the best possible user experience, the new MIM service provides the opportunity to drive ARPU with increased data usage and additional services."
 
The Windows Live Messenger solution from Colibria will be enhanced with its Subscription Server and Download Server. The Subscription Server supports the operator's marketing campaigns and multiple subscription charging models while the Download Manager enables the creation of push and pull models for downloads and upgrades of each device's client software.

Nokia and Enpocket have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Nokia to acquire Enpocket. Enpocket is a specialist in mobile advertising, providing technology and services that allow brands to plan, create, execute, measure and optimize mobile advertising campaigns around the world.

By acquiring Enpocket, Nokia says it will accelerate the scaling of its mobile advertising business, leveraging Enpocket's platform and strong partnerships with advertisers, publishers and operators. In addition to key assets, through this transaction Nokia is gaining a team with strong expertise in global mobile advertising across disciplines.

"Nokia has already announced its intention to be a leading company in consumer Internet services and we believe that mobile advertising will be an important element in monetizing those services for our customers and partners. Enpocket's mature leading edge platform and people expertise are a strong fit with Nokia existing capabilities in the mobile advertising market," said Tero Ojanpera, Chief Technology Officer, Nokia. "This acquisition is a game changing move to bring the reach and depth of Nokia to organize the market across the world, and make it easier for an ecosystem to develop."

Enpocket is a privately-owned company, established in 2001 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, US. The technology that drives the Enpocket platform is a mobile advertising campaign management and delivery system distinguished by advanced consumer insight, targeting, and measurement. The platform can deliver mobile advertising across multiple formats including SMS, MMS, mobile Internet advertising, and video.

"Effective interactive advertising on the mobile device can create tremendous value for the mobile industry while bringing new Internet services to people around the world," said Enpocket President and Chief Executive Officer, Mike Baker. "Enpocket and Nokia are combining to provide the leadership needed to define, build and standardize globally the business of mobile advertising so that brands can easily and efficiently engage consumers on their personal devices."

The agreement is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2007.

Revenues from mobile dating and chatroom services are expected to pass $1bn by 2010, according to a new report from Juniper Research.

Globally, the number of users of such services is expected to rise from just over 40m in 2007 to 260m in 2012, driven by strong demand in both developed and emerging markets, including more than 60m users in the Indian sub-continent.

According to report author Dr Windsor Holden, "Major brands such as Match.com and Webdate have recognised that customers are willing to pay a mobility premium for 24/7 access to these services and are increasing deploying mobile applications to complement and enhance their existing offerings."

Holden added that the sector was also becoming increasingly attractive to start-ups seeking to launch cross-platform services from the outset.

"The increasing proliferation of 3G handsets and a mean that companies are increasing confident of introducing converged services at the outset. Furthermore, those companies which embrace such a strategy - such as Flirtomatic - are experiencing significantly higher levels of traffic from their WAP users than from their users on the fixed internet."

The report  cautions, however, that usage was being retarded in many territories by excessive and confusing data pricing, stating that the high costs of data - particularly for prepaid customers - were continuing to act as a disincentive for regular usage and more widespread adoption.

Other findings from the report include:
*  At the present time, the largest mobile dating markets by user numbers are Japan and India.
*  The low level of fixed penetration in India, and the increasing
tendency in the country to use mobile services directly as an aide not merely for dating, but for marriage, suggests that overall penetration here will be significantly higher than elsewhere in the world
*  Many customers will use mobile dating as an adjunct to, rather than instead of, their fixed internet dating services

Ericsson has upgraded 3's network with enhanced mobile broadband services with downlink speeds up to 7.2Mbps and uplink speeds of 1.4Mbps. The "turbocharged" network is live in major Swedish cities from today.

The upgrade gives 3's customers even faster access to mobile broadband services including internet surfing, video, TV, music and faster uploading of data. Users will see little or no difference between using a fixed connection at home or via HSPA from anywhere else.

Peder Ramel, CEO of 3 Scandinavia said: "We are proud to be one of the first operators in the world to upgrade Turbo 3G service to even higher speeds. The Ericsson technology allows us to take mobile broadband to the next level.

Mikael Bäckström, President of Ericsson Nordic and Baltics, said: "With this upgrade, 3 is the one of the first operators to offer consumer and enterprise customers richer services at unparalleled speeds. We are proud to be supplier to 3's successful Turbo 3G service.

Under the agreement, Ericsson will provide hardware, software and services related to HSPA 7.2 and Enhanced Uplink. 3 and Ericsson will continue to extend network coverage and upgrade to higher HSPA speeds throughout 2007.

Mobile Distillery and Innaworks, leading providers of software tools for the mobile application industry, have jointly announced that they have entered into a technology partnership and built a streamlined integration of Mobile Distillery's Celsius v4 Java porting solution with Innaworks' alcheMo Java to BREW transcoding solution.

The two companies have co-developed developer facing solutions that bridge the gap between Java ME and BREW application roll-out, accelerating time-to-market and slashing porting costs. The combination of two products, Celsius, automated Java porting software, with alcheMo, automated Java to BREW porting solution, provides a comprehensive solution to solve the platform and handset fragmentation issue for mobile game and application providers.

"Today alcheMo automates Java to BREW porting for many of the top mobile game and application publishers." said Stephen Cheng, CEO of Innaworks. "The tight integration with Celsius provides our customers with the opportunity to unify their Java and BREW production and post-production pipelines, and greatly reduces the time and cost of porting to hundreds of Java and BREW handsets. " he added.

"The delivery of a dedicated output from Celsius v4 to Innaworks' alcheMo allows to develop once and port easily to a maximum number of platforms and operators from a single Java ME master code base" said Eric Lemaréchal, Mobile Distillery Co-Founder and CEO. "This simplifies the whole production pipeline and makes it possible to deploy mobile applications in a highly cost effective way".

The integrated solution provides significant benefits:
-Simultaneous BREW and J2ME development building off a single Java code base -Accelerated time to market Easy updates to future devices Reduced QA, porting and maintenance costs
-The integrated alcheMo and Celsius solution is now commercially available. For enquiries please contact Innaworks or Mobile Distillery.

Workflow description:
Traditional methods to address multiple platforms rely on Java ME to BREW ‘manual' porting, or on technology components that do not form an end to end solution. This adds huge time and cost to the post production process and forces to maintain multiple code streams.
With a single Java ME master source code and leveraging Celsius's handset profiling facilities, the developer will have the ability not only to output his application to 600 Java devices (US, Europe and Asia), but also output to the current 150+ Brew phones using integrated Celsius and alcheMo solution. alcheMo is the first automated solution which can port a Java ME source code to an equivalent BREW C++ application source code. As part of the joint development, in addition to generating ready builds for over 600 Java devices, Celsius v4 generates Java ME source code optimized for alcheMo, which are fed directly to Innaworks' alcheMo BREW porting solution.

In keeping with Celsius's efficient production pipeline, the announced integration takes advantage of Celsius's power of going from "one source to many". Building from a single Profiled Master Source Code, Celsius generates the necessary variations to adapt to multiple resolutions, characteristics and performance ranges. When targeting BREW devices the integration of Celsius and alcheMo offers an equally unified workflow. Celsius displays the BREW devices available in alcheMo and automatically delivers multiple Java ME source codes specifically prepared for input to alcheMo's Java to BREW porting engine. This alleviates the need to create all the variations for different handset ranges before converting the Java versions to the BREW equivalent in alcheMo.

Worldwide WCDMA connections will hit 161.7 million at the end of Q3 2007, according to Wireless Intelligence, having broken the 150 million connections milestone during August. Wireless Intelligence currently forecasts that this will more than double to reach 324 million by the end of 2008.

Wireless Intelligence collects reported data from the world's cellular operators. It has reported WCDMA data from about 100 operators, which account for 66% of the market. For the remainder it estimates subscriber numbers. Since HSPA is a subset of WCDMA, it estimates the split between the two using the reported total.

According to WI, the majority of WCDMA family connections are based in two regions - near-equal shares of 76.2 million connections for Western Europe (47.1% of the world total) and 72.2 million in Asia Pacific (44.6%).

Western Europe will far surpass Asia Pacific by the end of 2008. However, Wireless Intelligence is not yet carrying WCDMA forecasts for some markets, such as China and India, where licensing dates are not yet known. 

WI expects to see healthy growth in the next two largest regions (Eastern Europe and USA/Canada) but do not forecast any major change in the mix.

Growth
Sequential WCDMA family net additions show increasing growth, as well as a solid seasonality pattern to sales. Worldwide WCDMA family net additions for Q2 2007 were 20.5 million, of which 2.7 million were for WCDMA HSPA. However, WI expects to see less seasonality for the next year on WCDMA as it increasingly starts to eat into the installed base of GSM subscribers. Volumes from now through to 2008 will be driven by holiday sales, and sustained by the push to make WCDMA available for prepay subscriptions.

Annual net additions show a similar, steadily increasing, picture. Year-on-year net additions for the WCDMA family in Q2 2007 were 67.1 million.

According to WI, in terms of percentage growth, WCDMA HSPA has (unsurprisingly) rocketed above that of its more mature parent during the initial rollout. The end of Q2 2007 does see a shift of sequential WCDMA HSPA growth from above 100% to an altogether more modest level of 30-50% as the technology settles in during 2008. Even at this level, it represents a solid, robust migration to HSPA. In comparison, during a similar adoption period for the cdma2000 family, sequential growth levelled off at 15-20% for EV-DO and its younger sibling, EV-DO Rev. A.

Growth for the WCMDA family as a whole in the Q1 to Q2 2007 period was 17.5%.

Top countries by net additions
Japan leads by some margin with 4.5 million net additions for the quarter, accounting for 23% of the worldwide total. Strong performances from countries in Western Europe and Asia Pacific make up the majority of the list. The top ten markets shown account for 75% of the worldwide WCDMA family net additions for the quarter.

Largest operators

NTT DoCoMo is, by a long way, the single largest operator for WCDMA family connections.

WI last looked at the WCDMA market balance in Q1 2006. As before, the top five operators alone still account for nearly 50% of the total WCDMA family base in Q2 2007. There still exist three tiers in the top 20 - NTT DoCoMo out front, followed by the bigger eight operators. Other operators contribute to the overall total with much the same contributions.

This picture is a case of more of the same, says WI. In a year and a half, the top players (and early adopters) have further increased the gap between themselves and the competition. DoCoMo will have put on 20 million net additions in a little under two years by the time Q4 rolls by. Meanwhile, presumably spurred on by DoCoMo's fierce competition, Softbank will have netted a modest 9.5 million additions in the same period. For the other operators it is a story of sustained growth, says WI.

Rank Operator Country Connections
1 NTT DoCoMo Japan 38,397,903
2 Softbank Mobile Japan 9,223,120
3 3 Italy Italy 7,420,000
4 TIM Italy Italy 5,495,123
5 Vodafone Italy Italy 5,323,303
6 Vodafone Germany Germany 4,198,869
7 3 UK United Kingdom 3,665,461
8 Vodafone Spain Spain 3,577,690
9 SFR France 3,449,645
10 AT&T (Cingular Wireless) United States of America 2,801,611
11 Vodafone UK United Kingdom 2,622,344
12 Orange France France 2,559,178
13 O2 UK United Kingdom 2,500,571
14 Telefonica Moviles Spain 2,247,844
15 Chunghwa Telecom Taiwan 1,693,030
16 Wind Italy 1,605,120
17 Orange UK United Kingdom 1,527,115
18 Vodafone Portugal Portugal 1,454,465
19 Telstra Australia 1,419,200
20 Hutchison Australia Australia 1,405,000


The WCDMA to WCDMA HSPA push
WI says it already sees operators kicking off with a fast adoption rate for HSPA, driven by relatively low implementation and rollout costs, network coverage and affordable handsets. KTF and SK Telecom, both in South Korea, are leading the way in signing up new customers as well as aggressively migrating their installed base.

WI says it expects to see this trend accelerate into 2008-2009 as HSPA uptake increases in Europe and adoption in other countries worldwide kicks in.