HSPA mobile broadband drives on


HSPA mobile broadband drives on

Joe O'Halloran

In what is a clear indication of the willingness of a keen user base to adopt high speed mobile broadband technology, new research from the telecommunications analyst firm Berg Insight has revealed that High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) accounted for 11.6% of the total number of broadband connections in Europe at the end of 2008.

Berg Insight predicts that mobile broadband will become a standard feature in portable PCs which will have integrated wireless modems, enabling them to connect to the best available network. Its research showed that the number of HSPA/LTE-based mobile broadband subscribers to connected PCs grew by 74% year-on-year in 2008 to reach 14.6 million. Furthermore, Berg expects the technolgy’s adoption to continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30% to lead to 70 million subscribers by 2014.

“Tomorrow’s broadband service providers will have to offer their subscribers multiple access methods”, commented Marcus Persson, Telecom Analyst, Berg Insight.

In terms of adoption in specific geographical areas, Berg says that the North American market evolved at a slower pace, with mobile broadband accounting for just 4.5% of the total number of connections. Between 2008 and 2014, Berg forecast the North American market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 43% to reach 35 million subscribers at the end of the period.

“We believe that LTE will prevail as the main wireless technology also in North America . The idea to construct another nationwide network in the US based on any alternative technology does not seem credible in the current financial climate”, Persson added.

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