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Momentum grows behind mobile broadband at 850 MHz

The number of mobile broadband (HSPA) connections in the 850 MHz frequency band worldwide has leapt to more than 13...


June 25, 2008  


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The number of mobile broadband (HSPA) connections in the 850 MHz frequency band worldwide has leapt to more than 13 million from 1.3 million one year ago due to rapid growth in the Americas and Australia, according to Wireless Intelligence, a unit of the GSMA, the global body for the mobile industry.

There are now 44 companies producing 133 HSPA devices compatible with the 850MHz band.

“The strong demand for mobile broadband services at 850 MHz in the Americas and 900 MHz in Europe and elsewhere, combined with the broad geographic coverage provided by these networks, underlines the huge potential of low frequency spectrum bands to bring broadband to many more people,” said Tom Phillips, chief government and regulatory affairs officer of the GSMA.

There are now more than 18 HSPA networks at 850MHz worldwide.

The GSMA expects that number to continue to grow as operators in the Americas look to upgrade their GSM networks operating at that frequency.

Wireless Intelligence estimates there are currently 309 million GSM connections at 850MHz worldwide.