100 HSDPA networks in operation or being deployed: report

31 May 2006

The latest HSDPA Operator Commitments survey, undertaken by the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), confirms that 100 HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) networks are currently either in deployment or commercially launched in 49 countries and territories worldwide, an increase of 100% in 6 months.

Alan Hadden, President, GSA said ’Several recent announcements underline the quickening pace of commercialisation and market take up. This new survey confirms that 30 HSDPA networks have commercially launched services in 23 countries/territories, delivering the full broadband experience to subscribers. We expect the number of commercial HSDPA networks will more than double to 63 by end 2006.’ HSDPA services are now commercially available in Austria, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Madeira, The Netherlands, The Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and the US. The 49 countries where HSDPA networks are planned, in deployment or commercially launched are Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Guernsey, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Madeira, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, UAE, UK, and US.

A related GSA survey ’HSDPA Devices’, also published today, confirms that the number of user devices supporting HSDPA and announced in the market has reached 39 (up from 25 in February 2006) from 13 suppliers. The total of 39 HSDPA devices comprises 14 mobile phones, 15 PCMCIA PC data cards, 7 PCI Express Mini Cards (suitable for integrating into laptops and other portable multimedia devices), and products for addressing wireless ADSL opportunities. GSA survey ’HSDPA Operator Commitments’, detailing the deployment status of every HSDPA network, is available for free download at www.gsacom.com