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Up to speed: HSPA subscriber numbers climb
A new counter launched on the UMTS Forum web site this week gives a ‘live’ indication of global subscriptions to HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) networks.

According to new figures from mobile market data provider Wireless Intelligence, there are already nearly 5 million subscribers to HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) networks. This represents more than 3% of the worldwide WCDMA base that stands at over 135 million subscriptions.

Currently, Asia Pacific represents more than half of all HSPA subscriptions, with Western Europe contributing another quarter of the global HSPA base.

As of mid-July 2007, Wireless Intelligence confirms that over 115 HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) networks are operational. Meanwhile the first HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) networks have been launched in Austria and Korea. Over 125 operators have already signalled their intention to deploy HSUPA that delivers increased capacity and throughput with reduced delays on the uplink channel.

With subscriptions to WCDMA networks (including HSPA) exceeding 135 million, the global base of all 3G customers (WCDMA and EV-DO technologies) has now passed 200 million. This represents some 7% of around 3 billion mobile phone subscriptions globally. Over 180 WCDMA networks are launched commercially. Western Europe remains the largest 3G/UMTS market, commanding 48% of all WCDMA users. It’s followed by Asia Pacific that represents 45% of the global WCDMA user base.

Visit the UMTS Forum web site’s Fast Facts page for latest WCDMA and HSPA market data from Wireless Intelligence.