GSA confirms large rise in number of HSPA devices

The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has confirmed a large rise in the number of HSPA devices introduced onto the international market. GSA’s latest HSPA Devices Survey has identified that 805 HSDPA products have now been launched.

The number of HSPA devices has virtually doubled in less than 11 months. The number of suppliers increased from 80 to 129 in the same period, showing over 61% growth.

HSPA devices address all market segments. The GSA survey provides the following breakdown: 384 mobile phones and UMPCs; 120 PC data cards (PCMCIA cards, ExpressCards, chipsets, embedded modules); 118 notebooks; 102 USB modems; 73 Wireless routers/gateways; 7 Personal Media Players (PMPs); 1 camera.

The majority of devices (500 in total) support 3.6 Mbps (peak) or higher download data speeds, including 228 devices supporting 7.2 Mbps peak or higher.

The number of HSUPA-capable devices has tripled in less than a year. Today 97 devices support HSUPA operation, with the majority delivering up to 2.1 Mbps (peak) on the uplink, while 28 products already support or upgradeable for 5.76 Mbps (peak) speed.

Alan Hadden, president of the GSA, said: “The number of HSDPA mobile phones increased by 93% since last October, and the number of notebooks with embedded HSPA-connectivity increased by a similar amount. The benefits from deploying HSPA in the lower frequency bands are also widely appreciated. Over 300 devices operate in the 850 MHz band, and the availability of UMTS 900 devices has significantly improved.”

While the majority of WCDMA-HSPA systems and devices operate in internationally designated 3G/IMT-2000 core band spectrum (2100 MHz), the 850 MHz frequency band as widely used throughout the Americas, in Australia and in Asia is also well supported. There is also significantly increasing availability reported for UMTS 900 devices, already today supporting UMTS 900 service launches in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

HSPA Device breakdown by frequency (excluding notebooks): 637 devices, over 92%, operate in the 2100 MHz band; 307 devices, over 44%, operate in the 850 MHz band; 224 tri-band 850/1900/2100 MHz devices facilitate global roaming; 33 devices operate in the 900 MHz band (UMTS 900).

Additionally, 184 HSPA devices incorporate 802.11/WLAN functionality. Excluding notebooks, this represents over 26% of HSPA devices. 142 HSPA devices also incorporate positioning functionality (GPS, Assisted GPS, etc.). Excluding notebooks, this represents over 20% of HSPA devices. 58 HSPA devices also incorporate mobile TV functionality, representing a number of standards.

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