3G HSPA Mobile Broadband : Impressive Growth
13th November , 2009
US : HSPA 3G Mobile Broadband subscriptions has increased by approximately two thirds in the last year.
Each month, there are over nine million new HSPA 3G Mobile Broadband every month globally. These findings come from Wireless Intelligence and the GSMA. North America accounts for 1.3 million and Europe and ASIA 3 million.
The global rise in HSPA 3G Mobile Broadband continues to escalate and Wireless Intelligence predicts that 27 million more HSPA 3G Mobile Broadband connections will be done by end of 2009.
There are currently 285 launched HSPA 3G networks across the world with over 1600 HSPA enabled devices such as dongles, notebook PCs, netbooks and smartphones.
3G Mobile operators around the world are seeing a huge growth in the amount of mobile data traffic across their networks. This trend is set to continue, with mobile devices predicted to send and receive more data in one month by 2014 than in all of 2008. Three quarters of this traffic will be attributed to Internet access, while nearly all the remainder will be due to audio and video streaming*. This gives a clear indication of the significant changes that Mobile Broadband will be having on network usage over the coming years.
Evolution to HSPA+ and LTE
The sharp rise in demand for Mobile Broadband devices, services and applications is driving mobile operators to constantly evolve their network infrastructures and embrace the latest technologies. There are now 56 HSPA+ networks in existence globally, with 28 commercially live. Furthermore, 50 mobile operators worldwide have already committed to LTE plans, trials or deployments, with the first LTE networks expected to be rolled out next year. LTE is widely regarded as the de facto Mobile Broadband technology that will be adopted by the vast majority of mobile operators globally.
Mobile operators are employing varying strategies in terms of network migration from HSPA to HSPA+ and/or LTE. There are a number of factors dictating the technology path an operator may choose, including the age of its legacy technology, the flexibility of its existing infrastructure, the ROI it has set, the spectrum it has available and the pricing models it has in place.
"HSPA technology continues its phenomenal growth as thousands of operators, vendors, application and service providers back the technology, ensuring the presence of a vibrant and competitive ecosystem," said Dan Warren, Director of Technology at the GSMA. "This expanding ecosystem also encompasses the next generation of GSM technologies, HSPA+ and LTE. These next generation network technologies will continue to deliver increased data speeds and enable mobile operators to constantly improve service experience by delivering the latest, feature rich multimedia applications to their customers."