Global HSPA Update

April 2010
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High Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
First evolution of WCDMA evolution

The path to mobile broadband began with WCDMA and its first evolution - High Speed Packet Access (HSPA), a 3GPP global standard, boosting capacity, system performance and user data speeds

HSPA is the leading mobile broadband technology globally
Over 98% of commercial WCDMA operators have launched HSPA

388 HSPA Operator Commitments in 151 countries/territories
341 commercial operators launched in 143 countries Including 52 commercial HSPA+ networks
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388 HSPA network commitments in 151 countries

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341 commercial HSPA operators in 143 countries/territories

For the full list of HSPA operator networks see “HSPA Operator Commitments survey – April 16, 2010” www.gsacom.com
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High Speed Packet Access

 186, i.e. the majority (54.5%) of commercial HSPA networks support a peak downlink data speed of 7.2 Mbps or higher. Typical user download data throughputs can approach 5.0 Mbps or higher, according to network and user device capabilities.

 Many operators successfully position HSPA as an alternative to fixed broadband, with the added value of mobility, and consistently report traffic and revenue growth for mobile broadband services enabled by HSPA.
 A total of 100 HSPA networks (almost 30% of commercial HSPA networks) have launched HSUPA in 53 countries, including 36 networks supporting up to 5.8 Mbps using 2 ms TTI.  Capacity and performance increase with HSPA+ (HSPA Evolution) deployments.

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HSPA commercial systems worldwide

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341 commercial HSPA operators in 143 countries/territories

 274 commercial HSPA networks (over 80%) support 3.6 Mbps or higher downlink speed
 186 commercial HSPA networks (54.5%) support 7.2 Mbps peak or higher downlink speed  112 operators have committed to HSUPA (57 countries); 100 HSUPA operators launched (53 countries) i.e. almost 30% of commercial HSPA networks have launched HSUPA  103 HSPA+ network commitments in 51 countries; 52 HSPA+ networks launched in 32 countries

 272 out of 388 HSPA network operator commitments (over 70%) have also committed to EDGE

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341 commercial HSPA networks launched

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HSPA+ evolution path

HSPA+ has a strong evolution path. A number of networks are being prepared to support 42 Mbps peak downlink capabilities this year. This performance is achieved by combining 64QAM modulation and doubling the bandwidth i.e. using dual carriers (2 x 5 MHz = 10 MHz) and is known as DC-HSPA (Dual Cell HSPA). This capability was introduced in 3GPP Release 8, which also enables 42 Mbps to be achieved by combining 2 x 2 MHz MIMO and 64QAM in a single (i.e. 5 MHz) carrier.
For the uplink, using 16 QAM instead of QPSK modulation means doubling the peak rate to 11.5 Mbps. Release 9 combines multicarrier and MIMO technologies in 10 MHz bandwidth to reach 84 Mbps peak downlink. Using multicarrier on the uplink doubles the uplink peak data rate to 23 Mbps. Standardization beyond Release 9 may lead to downlink data speeds exceeding 100 Mbps.

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HSPA+ network commitments and deployments

103 operators have committed to HSPA+ deployment, including 52 HSPA+ networks in commercial service in 32 countries 46 HSPA+ commercial networks support up to 21 Mbps peak downlink 6 HSPA+ networks support 28 Mbps or higher By end 2010, GSA expects c. 90 HSPA+ systems will be in commercial service

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2,349 HSPA devices have been launched
including HSPA+ devices

For segments, trends, and analysis read “HSPA Devices survey – Key Findings” – www.gsacom.com

More analysis !

Comprehensive analysis of HSPA devices identified in the latest GSA survey is possible using GSA’s GAMBOD (GSA Analyzer for Mobile Broadband Devices). GAMBOD is for use only by GSA website registered users that we have categorized as being from GSA member organizations or from network operators.

www.gsacom.com/gambod
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HSPA in lower frequency bands: 900, 850 MHz

While the majority of today’s 3G/HSPA networks operate in the 2100 MHz band, the use of lower frequencies, such as 900 MHz, provides a much larger geographical coverage area compared to what is possible when deploying at 2100 MHz. HSPA deployments in the 900 MHz band significantly reduce the number of cell sites needed to cover rural and suburban areas, securing major CAPEX and OPEX savings for 3G deployments. These cost and coverage benefits similarly also apply to HSPA deployments at 850 MHz. GSA has published a UMTS900 operator case study on Optus in Australia, which shows significant cost and coverage benefits of deploying 3G mobile broadband services with UMTS900. The case study examines the business drivers and practical experiences of Optus, who launched UMTS900 in May 2008. It confirms the findings from GSA’s earlier UMTS900 case study on Elisa Corporation in Finland, and provides additional insights.

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HSPA in lower frequency bands: 900, 850 MHz

The Optus network is the largest UMTS900 network in the world. In addition to cost savings, the ability to use existing infrastructure dramatically reduced the time needed for deployment. Optus saw the rollout of UMTS900 in suburban and rural areas as a natural extension of its initial 3G deployment in the more heavily populated areas where 2100 MHz is used. UMTS900 has brought 3G and mobile broadband services more cost-effectively to outside the cities. More than just the need for fewer installations, UMTS900 facilitates the addition of a much larger data market because it provides better indoor coverage than 2100 MHz. More information:  Optus Australia UMTS900 Operator Case Study  Elisa Finland UMTS900 Operator Case Study  GSA UMTS900 Global Status Information Paper

All are available at www.gsacom.com

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HSPA has a strong evolution path

HSPA
HSDPA 3GPP Release Technical enhancement Performance gain User experience HSUPA

HSPA+

HSPA+

Future

Rel.5

Rel.6

Rel.7

Rel.8

Rel.9

Adds 64QAM Adds 2x2 MIMO

Combines Multicarrier 64QAM & 2x2 MIMO and other Dual Carrier enhancements 84 Mbps DL 23 Mbps UL More capacity More speed

14.4 Mbps DL High-speed downloads

5.8 Mbps UL High-speed uploads

21-28 Mbps DL 42 Mbps DL 11.5 Mbps UL 11.5 Mbps UL More capacity More speed More capacity More speed

168 Mbps DL More capacity More speed

Lower latency

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Download the full HSPA Operator Commitments survey from the website www.gsacom.com

Free download at
www.gsacom.com/downloads/wcdma/HSDPA_Operator_Commitments.php4

HSPA Devices Survey Key Findings
www.gsacom.com/gsm_3g/wcdma_databank.php4

Related charts and maps are available at
www.gsacom.com/news/statistics.php4

Global HSPA+ network commitments & deployments
www.gsacom.com/gsm_3g/info_papers.php4

Mobile Broadband Growth – reports from HSPA operators worldwide
www.gsacom.com/gsm_3g/info_papers.php4

More on HSPA, HSPA+, LTE at www.gsacom.com

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