Huawei has already deployed over 10 commercial HSPA+ network contracts.
In Asia Pacific, it has worked on a commercial 28Mbit/s HSPA+ network and, with operators including Japan EMOBILE, Singapore StarHub, Vodafone Turkey and Hong Kong PCCW, the Chinese group has launched five commercial HSPA+ networks that support downlink speeds of up to 21Mbits/s.
* today’s HSPA networks support peak downlink rates of 3.6 Mbps or 7.2 Mbps, most HSPA+ networks launched to date support theoretical downlink speeds of 21 Mbps (peak). Italian operator TIM raises the bar even higher, stating peak downlink speeds of 28 Mbps at launch.
* HSPA+ reduces latency to around 10 ms (compared with 60 ms for HSPA)
* HSPA+ customer numbers climb quickly, approaching 140 million users out of a global total of 400 million WCDMA/HSPA family subscriptions. (halfway through 2009)
* HSPA+ leverages operator investments in HSPA while also offering a stepping stone to 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE)
* First technical deployments of LTE are expected in the second half of 2009, for
commercial service openings between 2010 and 2012.
* beyond LTE, new access networks with wider spectrum bandwidths will
eventually be needed to support anticipated dramatic increases of mobile traffic.
Currently under study within the ITU, IMT-Advanced will support peak data rates
of up to 100 Mbit/s for high mobility and up to 1 Gbit/s for low mobility
scenarios. 3GPP will address these requirements in an upgrade for LTE networks
referred to as “LTE-Advanced”.
* Video is becoming an integral part of communication services – already 25% of Skype traffic contains a video component. (Feb,2009)
* By 2015, according to Cisco’s estimates, there
could be 100 times more mobile data traffic than there is today. Even the most
conservative forecasts are predicting a tenfold increase.
* LTE contains a new radio interface and access network designed to deliver higher
data rates (up to peak rates of 75 Mbit/s on the uplink and 300 Mbit/s on the
downlink) and fast connection times.
Wimax should be important from people, but the telecom industry has not figured out how to make money from wimax. Wimax and white space modems will be leveraged by new entrants. Google will probably try to generate money from advertising.