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WCDMA & HSPA reach 500 Million customers

The UMTS Forum (www.umts-forum.org) confirms that subscriptions to 3G/UMTS networks have reached 500 million. The milestone comes just over eight years after the world’s first commercial 3G/WCDMA network was launched by Japanese operator NTT DOCOMO.

According to data from mobile information provider Wireless Intelligence (www.wirelessintelligence.com), there are now over 300 UMTS family networks worldwide.

GCF Certification Scheme to boost LTE launches

On the 8th of January the Global Certification Forum announced that it is on course to deliver a complete LTE device certification scheme before the end of 2010.

The Forum is working closely with 3GPP RAN5 to ensure that there is the highest possible amount of synchronization between standards and certification, with the GCF selecting and prioritizing the hundreds of LTE conformance tests that are needed to ensure the international interoperability of LTE equipment across all regions.

Industry predicts 21 Mbps to be next mobile BB baseline

Mobile broadband is continuing to grow at a fast pace due to the ever increasing introduction of new technologies, new networks, new devices and competitive innovation in the market.

On July 27, 2009 the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) announced that 7.2 Mbps had become the new baseline for mobile broadband globally, since at that time half of the HSPA networks in commercial service globally were capable of supporting a peak downlink data speed of 7.2 Mbps or higher, supported by almost 600 user devices capable of 7.2 Mbps or higher which had been launched in the market. Some HSPA systems support a peak downlink data speed up to 14.4 Mbps.

ITS Workshop, 10th February

LTE Network Commitments up by 35% in 6 Months

The GSA has published a new survey that confirms there are now 42 LTE network commitments in 21 countries, with LTE deployments increasing by 35% over the past 6 months.

The survey results are contained within the GSAs Evolution to LTE Information Paper, which lists the LTE network commitments by region. Alan Hadden, GSA President, anticipates that 15 LTE networks will be in commercial service by end 2010.

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