HSPA user growth in 2007 was 727%

    While the launch of 3G in Russia remains only in plans, the year 2007 was marked by an explosive increase in the number of subscribers using HSPA. This technology is a UMTS add-on, and is based on the HSDPA (high-speed downlink) and HSUPA (high-speed uplink) standards. You can read more about HSPA in the Wiki .

    In Russia today there is only one fragment of a 3G UMTS network available to ordinary subscribers. In autumn 2007, MegaFon launched a network segment in St. Petersburg , and later conducted experiments in Samara. Beeline (in the Sokolnikov area, Moscow) and MTS have UMTS experimental zones that are closed to subscribers. But really, the first 3G users will be the residents of Siberia and the Far East, it is there that the release of frequencies for the new network is most intense.

    Meanwhile, Informa Telecoms & Media in its newsletter “3G Wireless Broadband” published the top-10 operators by the number of subscribers using the HSPA service. The first place was taken by the American operator AT&T Mobility, having increased the HSPA subscriber base by 3471% during the year, it attracted 7.5 million subscribers. The Americans are followed by South Korean operators KTF and SK Telecom, with an annual growth rate of 17.677% (3.2 million) and 1685% (2.5 million), respectively. Thanks to an active policy aimed at accelerating the migration of subscribers from 2G to 3G, the Australian operator Telstra increased the number of mobile broadband subscribers by 2371% to 2.2 million.

    The rating includes both the giants of the Japanese telecommunications market NTT DoCoMo and SoftBank Mobile, the Italian Telecom Italia and Vodafone divisions in Germany, Romania and the UK.

    According to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association, 637 devices with support for HSDPA 211 of which operate at a frequency of 850Mhz are presented on the world market today.

    Russian operators are looking forward to using their 3G licenses. The main reason for the delay is the employment of the necessary frequencies, especially in large cities. That is why MTS announced that the first thing it will launch is 3G in the Moscow metro (there with easier frequencies than on the surface), and MegaFon and Beeline will build networks beyond the Urals.

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