HSPA network roll-out continues ��

Operators have launched or committed to launching more than 400 HSPA networks.

High speed packet access (HSPA) technology boosts the capacity and user data speeds of 3G networks, of which the GSA says there are currently 357 commercially available in 148 countries.

The GSA says that HSPA has now been commercially launched on 353 networks in 147 countries and, when this figure is added to other networks currently planned or in deployment, it takes the number of HSPA network commitments to 401 in 154 countries.

The association says that 58% of networks support peak data rates of 7.2Mbit/s or higher on the downlink. The next generation of HSPA, HSPA+, has been launched in 35 countries on 63 networks. Of these, 53  support a peak downlink datarate of 21Mbit/s, 7 offer 28Mbit/s peak datarates, and 3 have pushed the technology to 42Mbit/s.

It expects that 95 to 100 HSPA+ systems will be launched by end 2010, and that several operators will evolve their networks towards 42Mbit/s and 84Mbit/s peak downlink rates.

A parallel investment in uplink speeds has 118 operators in 60 countries invest in high speed uplink packet access technology. Of these, 41 HSUPA systems support a peak uplink data rate of 5.8Mbit/s, and two networks are supporting 11.5 Mbit/s peak.

Alan Hadden, president of GSA said: 'The rapid shift to HSPA+ which is occurring will ensure its position as a mainstream technology this year, enabling operators all over the world to deliver higher data capacities and a compelling mobile broadband experience in fast expanding and highly competitive markets."

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