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Dual-Carrier HSPA delivering 42 Mbps in 62 networks
The success of HSPA systems continues and there is growing momentum towards the evolved version of the technology - HSPA+, which was largely specified in 3GPP Release 7.

A recent report from the GSA highlights the contribution of dual carrier or dual cell technology (DC-HSPA+) towards delivering 42 Mbps, using 64QAM modulation and using dual adjacent carriers.

GSA have reported that there are now 245 HSPA+ devices available, compared to 92 just a year ago.

GSA Statistics

HSPA and HSPA+ deployments status – global:

  • 483 HSPA operator commitments in 181 countries

  • 451 commercial HSPA operators in 174 countries, Includes 187 HSPA+ networks commercially launched in 96 countries

  • Over 41% of HSPA operators have commercially launched HSPA+

  • 117 commercial HSPA+ networks support a peak downlink data speed of 21 Mbps

  • 8 commercial HSPA+ networks support a peak downlink data speed of 28 Mbps

  • 62 commercial networks support DC-HSPA+ for a peak downlink data speed of 42 Mbps

  • Over 43% of HSPA operators have commercially launched HSUPA

  • 129 HSUPA networks (66%) support at least 5.8 Mbps peak

Breakdown of 3,362 HSPA devices by form factor:

  • 1,413 Mobile phones, smartphones

  • 580 USB modems (dongles)

  • 502 Notebooks, netbooks

  • 434 Wireless routers/gateways, mobile hotspots

  • 295 PC data cards (PCMCIA cards, ExpressCards, embedded modules)

  • 48 Personal Media Players, UMPCs

  • 27 Femtocells

  • 12 E-book readers

  • 8 Cameras

  • 43 Mobile tablets

Full details about HSPA and HSPA+ network commitments, deployments, commercial launches and user devices announced by manufacturers are contained in 3 new reports, which are available to registered site users as free downloads from the GSA website www.gsacom.com

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