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Global HSPA Update

July 12, 2010

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High Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
First evolution of WCDMA evolution

The path to mobile broadband began with WCDMA and its first evolution - High
Speed Packet Access (HSPA), a 3GPP global standard, boosting capacity, system
performance and user data speeds

HSPA is the leading mobile broadband technology globally


98.8% of commercial WCDMA operators have launched HSPA

401 HSPA Operator Commitments in 154 countries/territories

353 commercial operators launched in 147 countries

Including 63 commercial HSPA+ networks


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401 HSPA network commitments in 154 countries

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353 commercial HSPA operators in 147
countries/territories

For the full list of HSPA operator networks see “HSPA Operator Commitments survey – June 30, 2010”
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High Speed Packet Access

 205, i.e. the majority (58%) of commercial HSPA networks support a peak downlink data speed of
7.2 Mbps or higher. Typical user download data throughputs can approach 5.0 Mbps or higher,
according to network and user device capabilities.

 Many operators successfully position HSPA as an alternative to fixed broadband, with the added
value of mobility, and consistently report traffic and revenue growth for mobile broadband services
enabled by HSPA.

 A total of 118 HSPA networks (over 33% of commercial HSPA networks) have launched HSUPA in
60 countries, including 41 networks supporting up to 5.8 Mbps using 2 ms TTI.

 Capacity and performance increase with HSPA+ (HSPA Evolution) deployments.

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HSPA commercial systems worldwide

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353 commercial HSPA operators in 147
countries/territories

 288 commercial HSPA networks (81.5%) support 3.6 Mbps or higher downlink speed

 205 commercial HSPA networks (58%) support 7.2 Mbps peak or higher downlink speed

 126 operators have committed to HSUPA (64 countries); 118 HSUPA operators launched (60
countries) i.e. Over 33% of commercial HSPA networks have launched HSUPA

 116 HSPA+ network commitments in 54 countries; 63 HSPA+ networks launched in 35 countries

 279 out of 401 HSPA network operator commitments (around 70%) have also committed to EDGE

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353 commercial HSPA networks launched

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HSPA+ evolution path

HSPA is an evolution of 3G/WCDMA. The first commercial HSPA


system was launched in October 2005. The maximum theoretical
peak downlink speed of HSPA systems is 14.4 Mbps. HSPA
Evolution (HSPA+) extends the performance as shown in the chart.
Most HSPA+ networks are capable of supporting 21 Mbps peak
downlink data throughput. However already in 2010 there are
number of networks supporting or being prepared for 42 Mbps peak
downlink capabilities. This performance is currently achieved by
combining 64QAM modulation and double the bandwidth i.e. using
dual carriers (2 x 5 MHz = 10 MHz) and is known as DC-HSPA (Dual
Cell HSPA). This capability was introduced in the 3GPP Release 8
standard. Release 8 also enables 42 Mbps to be achieved by
combining 2 x 2 MHz MIMO and 64QAM in a single (i.e. 5 MHz)
carrier. For the uplink, using 16 QAM instead of QPSK modulation
means doubling the peak rate to 11.5 Mbps.
3GPP Release 9 combines multicarrier and MIMO technologies in 10 MHz bandwidth
to reach 84 Mbps peak downlink. Using multicarrier on the uplink doubles the peak
data rate to 23 Mbps. Standardization beyond Release 9 may extend multicarrier to 20
MHz bandwidth and utilize combinations of multicarrier and MIMO to reach downlink
data speeds exceeding 100 Mbps.
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HSPA+ network commitments and deployments

116 operators have committed to HSPA+ deployment, including 63 HSPA+


networks in commercial service in 35 countries

53 HSPA+ commercial networks support up to 21 Mbps peak downlink

7 HSPA+ networks support 28 Mbps or higher

3 commercial networks support 42 Mbps, enabled using DC-HSPA.

By end 2010, GSA expects between 90 and 100 HSPA+ systems will be in
commercial service

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2,579 HSPA devices have been launched
including HSPA+ devices

For segments, trends, and analysis


read “HSPA Devices survey – Key
Findings” – www.gsacom.com

More analysis !

Comprehensive analysis of HSPA


devices identified in the latest GSA
survey is possible using GSA’s
GAMBOD (GSA Analyzer for Mobile
Broadband Devices). GAMBOD is for
use only by GSA website registered
users that we have categorized as
being from GSA member organizations
or from network operators.
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HSPA in lower frequency bands: 900, 850 MHz

While the majority of today’s 3G/HSPA networks operate in the 2100


MHz band, use of lower frequencies such as 900 MHz provides a
much larger geographical coverage area compared to what is
possible when deploying at 2100 MHz. HSPA deployments in the
900 MHz band significantly reduce the number of cell sites needed
to cover rural and suburban areas, securing major CAPEX and
OPEX savings for 3G deployments. These cost and coverage
benefits similarly also apply to HSPA deployments at 850 MHz.
GSA has published a UMTS900 operator case study on Optus in
Australia, which shows significant cost and coverage benefits of
deploying 3G mobile broadband services with UMTS900. The case
study examines the business drivers and practical experiences of
Optus, who launched UMTS900 in May 2008. It confirms the
findings from GSA’s earlier UMTS900 case study on Elisa
Corporation in Finland, and provides additional insights.

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HSPA in lower frequency bands: 900, 850 MHz

The Optus network is the largest UMTS900 network in the


world. In addition to cost savings, the ability to use existing
infrastructure dramatically reduced the time needed for
deployment. Optus saw the rollout of UMTS900 in suburban
and rural areas as a natural extension of its initial 3G
deployment in the more heavily populated areas where 2100
MHz is used. UMTS900 has brought 3G and mobile broadband
services more cost-effectively to outside the cities. More than
just the need for fewer installations, UMTS900 facilitates the
addition of a much larger data market because it provides
better indoor coverage than 2100 MHz.

More information:
 Optus Australia UMTS900 Operator Case Study
 Elisa Finland UMTS900 Operator Case Study
 GSA UMTS900 Global Status Information Paper

All are available at www.gsacom.com

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HSPA has a strong evolution path

HSPA HSPA+ HSPA+ Future


HSDPA HSUPA

3GPP Rel.5 Rel.6 Rel.7 Rel.8 Rel.9


Release

Combines Multicarrier
Technical Adds 64QAM 64QAM & 2x2 MIMO and other
enhancement Adds 2x2 MIMO Dual Carrier enhancements

Performance 21-28 Mbps DL 42 Mbps DL 84 Mbps DL


gain 14.4 Mbps DL 5.8 Mbps UL 11.5 Mbps UL 11.5 Mbps UL 23 Mbps UL 168 Mbps DL

User High-speed High-speed More capacity More capacity More capacity More capacity
experience downloads uploads More speed More speed More speed More speed

Lower latency

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Download the full HSPA Operator Commitments survey
from the website www.gsacom.com

Free download at
www.gsacom.com/downloads/wcdma/HSDPA_Operator_Commitments.php4

HSPA Devices Survey Key Findings


www.gsacom.com/gsm_3g/wcdma_databank.php4

Related charts and maps are available at


www.gsacom.com/news/statistics.php4

Global HSPA+ network commitments & deployments


www.gsacom.com/gsm_3g/info_papers.php4

Mobile Broadband Growth – reports from HSPA


operators worldwide
www.gsacom.com/gsm_3g/info_papers.php4

More on HSPA, HSPA+, LTE at www.gsacom.com

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