06/24/2015

3G: 3rd Generation of Cellular in the World

 

3G in the World 3G in Latin America    

In this page: Cellular and 3G nets statistics in the world (WCDMA/HSDPA and EVDO).


Mobile Broadband Accesses in the World

 

 

 

The first WCDMA to start in commercial operation was NTT DoCoMo (Japan) in 2001. Then (2002) came Softbank (former Vodafone). also from Japan. From 2003 on started operating the first WCDMA nets in Europe with “ 3”. In the United States the first to start operating was AT&T (former Cingular) in 2004.

 

The first HSDPA network to start commercial operating was AT&T’s, in 2005. In 2006, 70% - of the 2005 existing nets - implemented HSDPA and 31 of the 48 WCDMA nets that started to operate on that year also implanted HSDPA in 2006. In 2007, only 4 of the 53 new WCDMA nets that started operating in that year weren’t also HSDPA.

 

The first HSPA+ network to start commercial operation was Telstra's, with download peak rate 21Mbps, in Feb/2009, in Australia. In the same year 45 other networks began to operate. In the world there are already 141 HSPA+ networks operating commercialy.

 

The first LTE network to start commercial operation was TeliaSonora's in Dec/2009, in Sweden and Norway. Today there are 37 LTE networks operating commercialy in 23 countries.

 

On September 18th/2011, AT&T launched its first LTE services in five cities of the United States: Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Chicago. The operator expects to cover other 10 cities until the end of the year.

 

On December 13th 2011, Sky launched the first LTE services in Brazil, in Brasilia.

 

Claro was the first mobile operator to launch LTE services in Brazil - in Recife (state of Pernambuco), Campos do Jordão (São Paulo), Curitiba (Paraná), Paraty and Búzios (Rio de Janeiro). (more details)

 

 

Networks Operating Comercially 1Q14 2Q14 3Q14 4Q14 1Q15
WCDMA 555 564 572 578 582
HSPA 555 564 572 578 582
HSPA+ 367 376 384 390 404
LTE 284 308 331 364 391

 

Networks Operating Comercially 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
WCDMA 152 205 254 315 383 445 505 547 578
HSPA 100 180 237 303 380 445 505 547 578
HSPA+ - - - 46 103 178 289 358 390
LTE - - - 2 16 46 148 267 331

Source: GSA

 

    HSPA+, a trend for mobile networks in the world:

     

  • 69.4% of the 3G networks were HSPA+ in 1Q15. (GSA)

 

Speed of HSPA Networks 1Q14 2Q14 3Q14 4Q14 1Q15
Until 3.6 Mbps 14.9% 14.5% 14.2% 14.0% 11.7%
7.2 Mbps 13.9% 14.0% 14.0% 13.8% 13.6%
14.4 Mbps 5.2% 4.9% 4.7% 4.7% 5.3%
HSPA+ (21/28 Mbps) 37.8% 37.9% 38.1% 37.9% 38.0%
HSPA+ (42/84 Mbps) 28.3% 28.6% 29.0% 29.6% 31.4%
Total Networks 555 564 572 578 582

Source: GSA

Note I: In 1Q15, 88.3% of the HSPA networks supported download speed of 7,2 Mbps or more.

Note II: 69.4% of the 3G networks were HSPA+ in 1Q15.

 

 

3G (UMTS) Networks in Commercial Operation

 

 

Million 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
WCDMA/HSPA 2.8 16.3 48.2 99 179 287 453 638 911 1,056 1,500 1,830
EVDO 4.4 12.1 24 55 91 112 142 162 209 - - -
TD-SCDMA - - - - - - - - - 90 192 246
LTE - - - - - - - - 9.4 68.0 200.0 498.0
Total 7.2 28.4 72.6 154 270 399 595 800 1,129 1,214 1,892 2,574

Source: GSA

 

 

3G nets (EVDO) in Commercial Operation

 

Nets in Commercial
Operation
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010 2011
EVDO 52 83 106 115 120 120
EVDO Rev. A 3 24 57 81 120 140

 

 

Countries with nets in Commercial Operation
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
EVDO 33 48 53 61 66 66
EVDO Rev. A 3 17 32 43 56 59

 

The following websites also monitor the implementation of 3G systems in the world: 3GToday and 3Gamericas.

 

 

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