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New GSA survey confirms accelerating 3G/WCDMA growth

A new survey by the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has revealed the number of 3G/WCDMA networks deliveri...


June 27, 2005  


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A new survey by the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has revealed the number of 3G/WCDMA networks delivering commercial services has now reached 74 in 34 countries, an increase of 14 networks in the first half of 2005.

A further six networks are at the pre-commercial stage.

GSA also reports that the number of subscribers to WCDMA services accelerated to 26.48 million globally by the end of May, an increase of 10 million so far in 2005. WCDMA networks globally added over 2 million customers in each of the last 3 months. WCDMA take-up is faster than GSM was at the same stage of its introduction.

“Subscriber growth is driven by a wider range of competitive service offerings, more variety of terminals in the market and maturing technology,” the organization said. “GSA’s related survey of WCDMA devices identifies a total of 179 device models in the market from 26 suppliers, including 71 products introduced so far this year.

“The survey confirms that the number of WCDMA devices launched has quadrupled over the past 12 months. HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) PC data cards and handsets are included.”

Vendors involved with GSA include Ericsson, Lucent Technologies, Nokia and Siemens.