GSMA Releases Mobile Broadband Stats

The GSM Association (GSMA) says that the latest statistics from its Wireless Intelligence research arm demonstrate how HSPA and HSPA+ are fast becoming the de-facto global Mobile Broadband technologies and leading the way in bridging the digital divide.  
There are currently 245 commercially available HSPA networks, supporting more than 125 million live connections in 107 countries. A further 65 HSPA networks are either being deployed, in trial or planned, with an average of 4 million Mobile Broadband connections being added globally on a monthly basis. 
The global deployment of HSPA technology continues to thrive, says the GSMA. There are more than 1,380 HSPA-enabled devices, offered by 134 different suppliers worldwide, creating an ecosystem that is driving economies of scale that will see cost savings passed on to operators and ultimately the subscribers themselves.   
HSPA Mobile Broadband roll-out is focused on the development of a ubiquitous infrastructure and the proliferation of devices that will connect the worlds population to the Internet, says the GSMAs Chief Marketing Officer, Michael OHara. HSPA and HSPA+ have generated strong momentum, which will be sustained through the future proliferation of LTE technology.   
OHara adds that WiMAX is a complimentary technology to HSPA and will play a niche role.