HSPA systems are delivering mobile broadband to new markets and achieving higher levels of performance and efficiencies enabled by HSPA+ and DC-HSPA+ deployments, according to two recent reports by the The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).
For example, the group says, 499 operators have firmly committed to deploy HSPA systems, which is 12% higher than a year ago, in 189 countries and territories. Every WCDMA operator has commercially launched HSPA on its networks, and 472 HSPA networks have been commercially launched in 183 countries—that’s 15% higher than last year.
Furthermore, 279 operators have committed to HSPA+ network deployments for a 45% increase over last year. Mobile operators entering the market today typically launch with HSPA+ capability incorporated in their networks. And, 234 HSPA+ networks have been commercially launched, which is 98 more than a year ago. Almost 50% of HSPA operators have commercially launched HSPA+ on their networks.
GSA calls the rapid evolution of network capabilities to using 42-Mbit/s DC-HSPA+ a strong trend as operators invest in improvements to network performance, capacity, and efficiencies to maintain and enhance user experience. Increasing by 130% over the past year, 90 DC-HSPA+ networks have been commercially launched.
About one HSPA operator in five has commercially introduced the DC-HSPA+ technology, GSA says. Also, 89 DC-HSPA+ systems support a theoretical peak downlink speed of 42 Mbits/s, while 84-Mbit/s DC-HSPA+ is a market reality on one network. GSA expects at least 115 DC-HSPA+ networks in commercial service by the end of 2012.
According to the reports, 42 UMTS900 networks have been commercially launched in the 900-MHz spectrum, enabling HSPA and HSPA+ operators to significantly extend mobile broadband coverage, typically as a result of re-farming a portion of existing spectrum that had previously been used for GSM voice service.
The GSA’s reports provide full details about HSPA and HSPA+ network commitments, deployments, and commercial launches worldwide. They’re available to registered users at www.gsacom.com/php/register_form.