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Hutchison 3G Austria is modernizing its radio access network to be ready for HSPA+ and LTE. At the same time, says the company, the move will allow the operator to halve the energy consumption of its base stations. Nokia Siemens Networks will undertake this upgrade starting in autumn 2009.

"The demand for increased mobile broadband capacity and throughput in Austria is reflected in the increasing usage of data cards and mobile services like Mobile TV, video download or video sharing," said Berthold Thoma, CEO of Hutchison 3G Austria. "Mobile broadband is also one of the most pragmatic solutions to bridging the digital gap between cities and rural areas. For rural areas, mobile broadband coverage is simply less expensive and faster to deploy than "fiber to the home" solutions. We hope that with our nationwide coverage we will contribute significantly to this end."

Hutchison 3G Austria has a clear rollout plan for upgrading its network - already covering 94% of the Austrian population with HSDPA - to the latest technologies and hence delivering new multimedia services to its subscribers. With Nokia Siemens Networks as its services and technology partner, the operator's network will be ready for download data rates of 21 Mbps (High-Speed Packet Access, HSPA+) in early 2010. As of 2011 the network can be upgraded to Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard, offering 'theoretical' data rates as high as 100Mbps or more.

Under the scope of the deal, Nokia Siemens Networks will upgrade the network which will bring the benefits of HSPA+ and later LTE including high speeds and lower latency, by means of 'simple' software upgrades. Nokia Siemens Networks will also enhance mobile backhaul for Hutchison 3G, and provide it with NetAct network management system for efficient operation of the network. With the upgrade it is claimed that Hutchison 3G will also enjoy significant cost savings, as the network will consume 50% less energy than traditional networks.

"Together with Hutchison 3G Austria, we will bring the latest mobile broadband technology to the country. With this, we hope to usher in a new era in connectivity," said Dietmar Appeltauer, Head of Central East Europe at Nokia Siemens Networks. "We have shared a strong working relationship with Hutchison 3G Austria since 2002 and with this deal we are glad to bring the new HSPA+ and LTE technologies to Austria."

Volubill, a leading supplier of real-time charging and policy control applications for fixed and mobile service providers, announced today that IPKO Telecommunications, Kosovo (IPKO) has chosen Volubill's CHARGE-IT Service Controller to enable differentiated charging models for more complex 3G data services and provide real-time analysis of IP traffic for IPKO's service rating engine. By bringing greater flexibility to the charging of value added services, the new platform will help IPKO Kosovo better combat potential revenue leakage.

Kosovo is a rapidly growing market and IPKO's network is now being used by ever-greater numbers of Kosovo's population. The demand for more customized, third-party value added service offerings is rapidly increasing.  The Service Controller solution chosen by IPKO, part of Volubill's CHARGE-IT, provides a comprehensive solution for real-time monitoring of all IP and WAP network traffic and usage to then easily manage the differentiation needed to effectively charge for these new value added services.  More flexibility with charging capabilities for these advanced services will help to insulate IPKO from current global economic challenges by tapping into new revenue streams more quickly, and avoiding potential revenue leakage gaps from inefficient charging methods.

"Our company's market penetration has grown substantially thanks to many of the physical infrastructure improvements we have made to our network, and now we are experiencing a surge in demand from our growing and increasingly tech-savvy subscriber base for more diversified services," said Akan Ismaili, CEO of IPKO.  "We pride ourselves on being able to offer our customers attractive, rich-media converged offerings that incorporate the kinds of content they love. So as competition in Kosovo's telecoms market gets increasingly tough, to continue providing services at a competitive price we needed a more effective system to deliver and manage charging of high-value, integrated services. Volubill's solutions provide an option for balancing what we need now with the ability to easily add functionality as Kosovo's telecoms market matures."

Volubill's CHARGE-IT Service Controller is a network and vendor-agnostic platform that provides flexibility and scalability to support and adapt to all data and service architectures.  It delivers real-time management and analysis capabilities for subscriber usage of IP-based data, content, VoIP, download and messaging, and is capable of supporting deep packet inspection (DPI), access management, service delivery, traffic shaping, and user experience management for both simple Internet access or content-rich premium services. When partnered with Volubill's CHARGE-IT Dynamic Charging Platform, Service Controller enables end-to-end real-time control, charging and policy management for advanced services.

Integrating the solution at IPKO is the system integrator, Altima, who's Director, Mario Geren?ir said, "We are happy that Volubill's software is a good fit with our overall service provider solution which creates a convergent OSS/BSS solution on top of an NGN platform."

"IPKO has been a driving force behind the substantial enhancements made to Kosovo's telecommunications market in the last decade," said John Aalbers, CEO, Volubill. "Offering these types of advanced third party services and charging for them effectively is one of the most challenging aspects of the growing value chain in telecoms these days.  In choosing Volubill's CHARGE-IT Service Controller for the management of these cutting-edge offerings, IPKO is equipping itself with an effective solution that will enable them to continue to hold the top spot as Kosovo's telecommunications leading innovator."

Established in 1999, IPKO is Kosovo's foremost information technology and communications company. IPKO has grown from being the first Kosovo-wide internet provider, to becoming a modern enterprise offering the full range of converged services in mobile communications, fixed telephony and internet services, as well as digital cable TV.  Following the country's declaration of independence in 2008, IPKO has helped to lead the modernization of Kosovo's telecommunications market and infrastructure, launching a GSM mobile network that soon became a leader in innovation, gaining 35% market share in the first year.

Huawei has today announced that it has successfully completed the largest-ever live network upgrade in Germany for Telefónica O2 Germany.  

Under the agreement, Huawei will also deliver an additional 3,000 base stations to O2 in Germany as part of its network expansion. The operator has chosen to deploy Huawei's SingleRAN solution for a GSM/UMTS converged network in the southern region of Germany, covering major cities such as Munich and Stuttgart.

"It's a great achievement. 494 days after signing the contract we reached the most important milestone with the biggest swap project in the O2 history," said Mr. Manfred Kickartz, vice president of Network Region South of Telefónica O2 Germany.  "That was fantastic teamwork. Thank you all for that absolutely extraordinary performance."

"The successful completion of Germany's largest ever network upgrade reflects our strong capability in delivery," said Mr. Walter Haas, CTO Huawei Germany. "Our advanced SingleRAN solution enables the operator to simplify the radio access network unifying both GSM and UMTS functionalities. This state-of-the-art network will be significantly enhanced in coverage quality and able to meet the operator's demands for increased data traffic."

As part of its All-IP convergence strategy, Huawei's SingleRAN solution enables operators to achieve full convergence of multi-mode wireless networks, including base stations, base station controllers, sites and operation as well as maintenance management.

WeDo Technologies' revenue grew by 6% in the first half of this year to 21.4 million Euros. The rise is said to be based on a comparison with 2008 when WeDo Technologies made a one-off gain of 1.4 million on the completion of the acquisition of Tecnológica, a Brazilian company.

On a comparable accounting basis, the operating profit (EBITDA) of WeDo Technologies has more than doubled, advancing 105% to 2.1 million Euros. This development is due not only to the integration of acquired businesses being completed in the last quarter of 2007, which affected the accounts of the first half of 2008, but also to improvements in daily operation.

In May, WeDo Technologies promoted the fourth worldwide user group meeting and presented a new strategy based on the concept of Business Assurance to more than 70 experts from around the world. The chief financial officer of the company, Fernando Videira explains, "the company intends to extend this approach to all areas and business processes within an organization, which will pave the way for international growth in other segments of telecommunications operators, as well as new industries including retail, the financial sector and utilities".

Interxion, a European operator of carrier-neutral data centres, today announced that it has expanded its relationship with Ghent-based Netlog NV to meet rising demand for the company's social networking and file-sharing site. Interxion provides housing and connectivity services in its Brussels data centre for servers which support Netlog's European users. In the last six months, the number of servers housed in the data centre has risen significantly, reflecting the continuing rise in Netlog membership. Netlog now has over 50 million members who network and share blogs, photos, videos and playlists.

Interxion's Brussels data centre offers redundant power and N+1 cooling, as well as the most advanced alarm and monitoring systems. It supports high-density power configurations and has been designed using Interxion's energy-efficient modular architecture, with free cooling and maximum-efficiency components as standard. It also provides customers with direct connectivity to 34 carriers/ISPs including the BNIX Internet exchange. Interxion recently announced an expansion of 2,200 m², effectively doubling the size of the facility.

"Interxion has supported us continuously as our membership rises by millions per month," said Toon Coppens, CTO and co-founder of Netlog. "As well as providing us with a secure, controlled and connected environment, they have demonstrated a deep understanding of our infrastructure needs, advising on efficiency improvements that have increased our processing power per cabinet by up to 50 per cent."

"We are delighted to be supporting a Belgian success story like Netlog and are well placed to expand with them, whatever their future needs," said Johan Mariens, Managing Director of Interxion Belgium. "We will continue to provide them with a controlled, secure environment, a wide range of connectivity options and all the advice they need to ensure they optimise their mission-critical IT processes."

LogNet Group, a global provider of customer management and billing solutions for leading services providers worldwide, announced today that the company has been selected by Caiway in the Netherlands to implement its multiple play customer management and billing solution.

Caiway provides digital television, internet and telephony services over IP networks to local markets throughout the Netherlands. LogNet will deploy its MaxBill product suite to support Caiway's growing subscriber base with a unified framework for customer management, order management, product management, billing and invoicing. The MaxBill product suite will enable Caiway to independently and dynamically bundle its communications services into competitively priced and uniquely designed packages. The deployment of MaxBill will replace Caiway's internal legacy system.

"During the selection phase Lognet proved to have an excellent understanding of our specific issues and challenges," explained Aart Verbree, CEO at Caiway. "Right from the start there was a strong connection between Lognet and Caiway. Both parties are very open and transparent and the product fits nicely into Caiway's current architecture. These aspects form the basis for a sustainable relationship."

"We are very pleased that Caiway has placed its trust in LogNet and has selected our multiple play solution," said Kirill Rechter, CEO of the Customer Care and Billing Division at LogNet Group. "We have strong expectations for continued growth in the multiple play market space as more service providers expand their service offerings and require efficient customer management and billing solutions to facilitate their business growth."

Huawei has announced that its IPTime mobile backhaul solution has successfully participated in interoperability tests conducted by the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC). Huawei's solution comprises PTN packet transport equipment, NE40E full service router, and CX600 MAN service platform.

Several aspects of Huawei's IPTime mobile backhaul solution were tested, including global interconnect, mobile backhaul and managed Ethernet services. The tests verified IPTime's capability in end-to-end 1588v2 high-precision clock synchronization and mobile backhaul functions, such as TDM CES and ATM PWE3.

"This test has confirmed the interoperability of Huawei's IPTime mobile backhaul solutions," said Mr. Zha Jun, vice president of Huawei Network Product Line. "As the industry has entered into an All-IP era, operators are deploying converged networks using equipment from different vendors. As a preferred partner to fully support operators' All-IP network transformation, Huawei is committed to providing advanced solutions with high interoperability to build All-IP based mobile backhaul networks for operators worldwide."

With Huawei's IPTime mobile backhaul solution, operators are able to simply and flexibly deploy telecom networks using optical fibers, microwave links, and copper cables, and accelerate time-to-market of new services. This solution, featuring 1588v2, also enables operators to reduce TCO (total cost of ownership) in cellular backhaul network and smoothly evolve to LTE (long-term evolution) network in the future.

Mobile handset power requirements are currently growing at a significantly faster rate than handset battery capacity, according to IMS Research. And the resulting gap between power available to users and the power required by a growing number of handset features threatens to slow the connected and mobile lifestyle consumers are increasingly embracing, it says.

IMS goes on to say that handset power capacity limitations spell trouble for a number of players across the entire mobile handset industry.

"Handsets with dead batteries don't use very much data or talk time. That's bad news for network operators looking to drive ARPU. Similarly, consumers are unlikely to pay a premium for features that they know will only drain their battery, which places downward pressure on handset selling prices for handset OEMs," commented IMS Research analyst, Chris Schreck.

"There are two key drivers of increased power consumption among handset users," Schreck added. "First, consumers are doing more with their handsets than ever before. Mobile data and application use has skyrocketed in recent years. Secondly, the types of features currently being included in handset designs, not to mention those on the horizon, require more power to operate than ever before. Faster processing speeds, higher data throughputs, and more vivid displays all escalate a handset's power requirements. Even with a 1500 mAh battery, which is the high water mark in the industry at the moment, our estimates show many smartphone users only have a battery life of 6 hours."

Potential solutions for this power gap are coming from all four corners of the mobile handset industry, including new display technologies, more power efficient silicon design, and new battery chemistries, each of which have varying market potential. However, given the pace at which power requirements are increasing, it is unlikely that any one technology will completely address the need for more power in mobile handsets, says IMS.

fg microtec, provider of FMC and UC client technology, has today announced a worldwide partnership with Siemens Enterprise Communications Group (SEN), a specialist in Unified Communications Solutions for the enterprise, to further develop Siemens' OpenScape MobileConnect platform. 

SEN's OpenScape product family includes open IP telephony, fixed mobile convergence (FMC) and IP-based unified communications (UC) solutions. fg microtec's FMC client is part of Siemens FMC offering, and its integration allows Siemens customers to use their mobile phones intuitively with the OpenScape MobileConnect platform.

With fg microtec's FMC client, Siemens' is bringing FMC and unified communication tools such as messaging, voice, presence and location-based communication simply via a mobile phone to its customers. 

In addition, since fg microtec's Fixed Mobile Convergence client also behaves as a mobile extension for the HiPath family of telephony systems, it supports the seamless handover between a Wireless LAN (VoIP) or cellular network, and users can take their office phones with them wherever they go. 

The partnership aims to cover a wide range of mobile platforms based on fg microtec's expertise, including Windows Mobile, RIM BlackBerry to Nokia S60 platforms.

"As mobility becomes universal throughout the enterprise, we must identify ways to deliver the advantages of UC to an increasing number of mobile devices. Working in partnership with fg microtec, we can offer a mobile client to our customers, which will enable them to access their OpenScape solution wherever they are," said Marcus Birkl, Vice President Mobility Solutions, Siemens Enterprise Communications Group.

"We are excited to be part of the OpenScape success story. As our products are used by more and more Siemens customers, we receive valuable feedback from a large installed base. Our focus is to improve the quality of our client and support Siemens' customers in cutting mobile costs and improving efficiency," said Robert Mirbaha, CEO, fg microtec.

Alcatel-Lucent has today announced that scientists in Bell Labs, the company's research arm, have set a new optical transmission record of more than 100 Petabits per second.kilometer (equivalent to 100 million Gigabits per second.kilometer). The transmission experiment involved sending the equivalent of 400 DVDs per second over 7,000 kilometers, roughly the distance between Paris and Chicago.

This is said to be the highest capacity ever achieved over a transoceanic distance and represents an increase that exceeds that of today's most advanced commercial undersea cables by a factor of ten.  To achieve the record-breaking results the Bell Labs researchers are said to have made innovative use of new detection techniques and harnessed a diverse array of technologies in modulation, transmission, and signal processing
 
High speed optical transmission is a key component of Alcatel-Lucent's High Leverage Network architecture, key elements of which have already been selected by leading service providers.
 
To achieve these record-breaking results researchers from the Bell Labs facility in Villarceaux, France used 155 lasers, each operating at a different frequency and carrying 100 Gigabits of data per second, to dramatically enhance the performance of standard Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) technology.
 
"There is no question that this record breaking transmission is a milestone in achieving the network capacity and speeds and a key step forward in satisfying the ongoing explosion in demand," said Gee Rittenhouse, head of Bell Labs Research. "This is a prime example of Bell Labs preeminent research and demonstrates the ability of our researchers to solve complex problems," he explained.
 
The record-breaking figure was derived by multiplying the number of lasers by their 100 Gigabit per second transmission rate and then multiplying the aggregate 15.5 Terabit per second result by the 7000 kilometer distance achieved. The combination of speed and distance expressed in bit per second.kilometers is a standard measure for high speed optical transmission.
 
The transmissions were accomplished over a network whose repeaters, devices used to sustain optical signal strength over long distances, were spaced 90 kilometers apart. This spacing distance is 20% greater than that commonly maintained in such networks. The challenge of maintaining transmission over these distances was significantly heightened in these experiments because of the noise -perturbation of signals- that is introduced as transmission speeds increase.
 
The researchers also increased capacity by interfacing advanced digital signal processors with coherent detection, a new technology that makes it possible to acquire details for a greater number of properties of light than the direct detection method commonly applied in today's systems. Using this technique the researchers were able to effectively increase capacity by increasing the number of light sources introduced into a single fiber yet still separate the light into its constituent colors when it reached its destination.
 
Details of the breakthrough were presented in a research paper that was reviewed in an exclusive and highly-competitive post deadline session of ECOC 2009, a prestigious European optical communications conference.
 
This transmission record is just the latest in a long series of Bell Labs optical networking breakthroughs that have become market-changing solutions and generated substantial growth opportunities for Alcatel-Lucent: the invention of Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM), introduction of non-zero dispersion fiber, 100 Gigabit Ethernet field trials and Differential Phase-Shift Keying (DPSK) at 40 Gigabits per second, the most widely used in 40 Gigabit per second systems worldwide.

7 layers is claiming to be the first to offer Bluetooth Low Energy pre-qualification testing on an RF test system covering all 10 test cases recognized by Bluetooth SIG.

Bluetooth Low Energy will widen the market place for products with Bluetooth integrated wireless technology considerably. Devices housing Bluetooth Low Energy consume only a fraction of the power compared to "classical" Bluetooth products. Tiny button cell batteries are all such devices need. A great chance for manufacturers to bring interesting new products to market! However, in order to drive the development of such products, it is important to make sure that they will correspond to future Bluetooth qualification requirements and regulations.

7 layers has installed the Bluetooth Low Energy test case package for the "InterLab Bluetooth RF Test Solution" in its laboratories in the USA and Germany. This is currently the only tester which has been recognized by the Bluetooth SIG that provides coverage for all 10 test cases according to the Bluetooth Low Energy RF PHY Test Specification.

"Companies who are in the process of developing Bluetooth Low Energy products often do not have the conformance test equipment available in order to make sure that their products will be in line with future Bluetooth SIG qualification requirements", says Tom Wellner, product manager of the Bluetooth RF Test Solution. "At 7 layers we can now offer pre-testing services which correspond as closely as possible to the future validated test requirements from the Bluetooth SIG."

7 layers has years of experience with all important wireless technologies and knows how best to cover global regulatory and certification demands. By using the 7 layers Bluetooth Low Energy pre-testing services, manufacturers can gain an important competitive advantage regarding product quality and time-to-market. 7 layers will be an overall sponsor of the next Bluetooth UnPlugFest (Stuttgart, Germany, 5th - 9th Oct. 2009). A good opportunity for manufacturers who are already engaged in the Bluetooth Low Energy Technology to further explore the advantages of these pre-qualification test capabilities.

iPass, a provider of enterprise mobility services, today announced that it has partnered with Ireland's largest telecommunications supplier, eircom, which will be giving iPass customers access to over 1,000 Wi-Fi hotspots around Ireland through the iPass Mobile Office service. The partnership was formed in response to enterprise customer demand for coverage in and around Ireland's major cities and airports including Dublin, Cork and Limerick.

Likely to be the most popular location, says iPass, Dublin Airport currently ranks amongst the 10 busiest airports in Europe, welcoming well over 20 million passengers each year. Other locations around Ireland will include hotels, cafés, public hotspots and entertainment venues such as racecourses.

iPass Mobile Office unifies mobility management over any Internet connection to optimise mobile access as well as control the cost of mobility, particularly by significantly reducing 3G data roaming costs outside of the home country.

"eircom is committed to bringing the highest quality wireless Internet to its customers and partners. With iPass, people coming to Ireland will be able to conveniently log on and get high-speed, reliable Internet access no matter where they are, be it coffee shops, train stations, pubs or airports -- especially Dublin Airport, the largest in Ireland," said Eamonn Condon, Head of Broadband Operations, eircom.

Before becoming fully integrated, the eircom hotspot network will complete the iPass Enterprise Ready certification process. This involves testing the hotspots for high availability as well as interoperability with policy and security tools, including a comprehensive range of virtual private networks, personal firewalls and anti-virus software packages.

"Demand for business grade connectivity throughout Ireland has grown substantially within our multinational customer base," commented Azadar Shah, Sales Director, UK & Ireland, iPass. "As the largest operator in Ireland, eircom is of clear value to iPass and we are thrilled to add them to the exhaustive list of world-class operators who have joined the iPass network."

iPass Mobile Office, with iPassConnect as its unified user interface, now also offers broad device support ranging from Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Apple Mac to Windows Mobile, Symbian smartphone and most recently, the iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry. This will enable organisations to standardise on this single service worldwide and eliminate expensive-to-manage patchwork of local, regional and individual solutions, further lowering IT costs. The iPass Wi-Fi footprint encompasses close to 140,000 business-ready broadband venues, including 555 airports and more than 137,000 Wi-Fi hotspots.

Occam Networks, a broadband access supplier offering multiservice access platform (MSAP) solutions based on pure packet technologies, today announced its expansion into European FTTP access markets.  Occam offers a range of Gigabit Ethernet and GPON optical line terminals (OLTs) from its  BLC 6000 multi service access platform (MSAP), optical network terminals (ONTs) and service management solutions.

"European service providers, especially alternative providers such as municipalities and utilities, are selecting Ethernet and GPON as the broadband infrastructure solutions of choice as they focus on building standards based, open networks for delivery of bandwidth intensive entertainment and communication services," said Bob Howard-Anderson, Occam's President and CEO.  "Incumbent and alternative service providers appreciate the simplicity and flexibility Occam products provide as they evolve towards or install pure packet networks to meet increasing bandwidth and service demands of European consumers."

"Occam is bringing its Ethernet and GPON capabilities to Europe at a time of rapid expansion," says Tim Johnson, Chief Analyst at Point Topic, the broadband data company.  "Optical networks will play a fundamental role in the second wave of broadband development, as the world moves to next generation access.  There could be hundreds of municipal and community networks looking for these kinds of solutions over the next few years.  Products like Occam's will boost competition in this fast evolving market."

Occam is building a network of value added resellers throughout Europe as it ramps up efforts to support the region.  This initiative started with the relationships it gained through the acquisition of certain Terawave assets in October 2007.  These relationships included a reseller network that covers key geographies and provides local customer support.  The result is a fully operational, trained channel capable of equipping and supporting in region sales and marketing activities. 

"European service providers, whether incumbents or alternative operators, require access solutions that are simple to deploy and maintain, scale to expand as subscriber demand grows and maximize the revenue potential broadband enables," added Russ Sharer, Vice President of Marketing at Occam Networks. "Occam's deployment success to date with both GPON and Gigabit Ethernet FTTP implementations, combined with its sales consultant and representative network throughout Europe, underscores the company's commitment to serving the needs of European operators."

A new survey published today by the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) is said to confirm that 53 operators in 33 countries have committed to deploying HSPA Evolution (HSPA+) systems.

According to the GSA, HSPA+ brings features to WCDMA/HSPA networks and terminals that offer HSPA+ clear benefits including higher data speeds and capacities, improved operation times, longer terminal battery life, faster response times (lower latency), and extended network coverage area. HSPA+ is realized by a software upgrade to current HSPA network infrastructures.

The GSA survey confirms that 25 HSPA+ commercial systems are in commercial service in 19 countries. 24 HSPA+ networks are capable of a peak downlink data speed of 21 Mbps, using 64QAM modulation. One network supports a peak downlink data speed of 28 Mbps, which is made possible with the use of Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technology. Several more HSPA+ network deployments are on-going.

System performance improvements and efficiencies introduced with HSPA+ mean a greater number of customers benefiting from mobile broadband access, who will typically experience 5 - 8 Mbps and enjoy a better mobile broadband experience.

Alan Hadden, President of GSA said: "WCDMA/HSPA is the fastest growing mobile technology ever and the undisputed system of choice for mobile broadband. Several operators have now launched or are deploying HSPA+ and most others are considering it. We anticipate there will be around 40 commercial HSPA+ systems launched by year end, possibly even more, and the trend continuing in 2010."

HSPA+ systems are now commercially launched in Australia, Austria, HSPA+ Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden, Turkey, and the USA.

A second related survey by GSA - The GSA HSPA Operator Commitments survey - updates the global status of HSPA network deployments and launches worldwide, and is also published today. It confirms that the number of operators committing to HSPA deployments, and the number of commercial networks now in service, have both increased by more than 33% year on year. Also, the majority of HSPA networks today support a peak downlink speed of 7.2 Mbps or higher. 92 networks i.e. around one third, have commercially launched HSUPA for high speed data uplink performance.

Key findings:

329 HSPA network commitments in 135 countries/territories
- Americas: 27 countries
- APAC: 27 countries
- Europe: 52 countries
- Middle East/Africa: 29 countries

283 commercial HSPA operators in 119 countries/territories.

- Americas and the Caribbean: Argentina, Aruba, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela

- APAC: Australia, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Guam, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, S. Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand

- Europe: Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Cyprus (Northern), Czech R, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madeira, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak R, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

- MEA: Angola, Bahrain, Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, Lesotho, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Reunion, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Syria, Tanzania, UAE, Uganda

144 commercial HSPA networks (over 50%) support 7.2 Mbps peak or higher downlink speed

102 operators have committed to HSUPA; 92 HSUPA operators commercially launched in 46 countries

25 HSPA+ networks are in commercial service

219 out of 329 HSPA network operator commitments (over 66%) have also committed to EDGE