3.5G devices see huge annual growth

3.5G devices see huge annual growth

Summary: Research claims 3.5G is achieving better growth rates than other cellular tech, with a 150 percent annual increase in the number of devices on the market

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The number of 3.5G devices on the market is mushrooming, with 150 percent annual growth in HSDPA gadgets, according to statistics from GSM/3G supplier association the Global mobile Suppliers Association.

There are now 637 HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access) products on the market, with almost half (303) of them being mobile phones.

Laptops and PC data cards are the next largest product segment (103 apiece), followed by wireless routers and USB modems (60 apiece), the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) survey found. In addition, there are seven personal media players with HSDPA-connectivity and even one 3.5G-enabled camera.

The number of HSDPA product suppliers has also increased from 62 to 110 over the past year.

Alan Hadden, president of the GSA, said 3.5G is achieving better growth rates than other cellular technologies.

Hadden said in a statement: "Our latest survey confirms the rapidly expanding ecosystem for HSPA and underlines how the HSPA market has developed much faster than other technologies. HSDPA networks entered commercial service 30 months ago; the number of HSDPA devices launched worldwide is over twice the number of GSM/Edge devices and over six times the number of 3G/WCDMA devices at the same point in their service development."

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The number of HSUPA (high-speed uplink packet access) devices has doubled in six months. The GSA said there are now 66 HSUPA devices, with the majority delivering up to 2.1Mbps on the uplink.

The GSA survey highlights another growing mobile trend: GPS. Seventy HSPA devices now incorporate GPS/positioning functionality, compared to 20 just six months ago.

The survey also notes a significant increase in the number of tri-band HSDPA devices in the past six months — from 75 to 145 — which enable global roaming.

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  • 3.5G Devices - Positive and Negative

    The key to the success of this technology is, of course, going to be the cost - especially for "roaming" access. As it stands now, if you get a good plan from your carrier, the cost on your home network can be quite reasonable. But cross a national border, use it with another carrier and subject yourself to "roaming" rates, and you are likely to be in for a rude shock when you get home again.
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