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Survey: HSDPA Networks To Double By End Of 06

LONDON — The number of High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) enabled third generation mobile networks deployed has doubled over the past six months and reached 100, spread across 49 countries, mostly in Europe.

And the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), which tracks the sector, says the number of commercial networks will double by the end of this year.

HSDPA is the first evolution of 3G/WCDMA and offers much higher data rates than the first generation of 3G networks.

The GSA says in its latest survey that HSDPA services are now commercially available in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Madeira, The Netherlands, The Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and the U.S.

According to Alan Hadden, President, GSA, the number of commercial HSDPA networks will more than double to 63 by the end of this year. “All WCDMA networks are expected to activate the HSDPA upgrade,” said Hadden.

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