EDGE dominates 2009 deployments

EDGE will dominate new base station deployments in 2009 with over 40% of new base station deployments, reports In-Stat, although there  will be fewer EDGE deployments than in 2008, which was a record year for EDGE.

EDGE will lead new base station deployments for some time, but HSUPA is on the horizon. Deployments in the Asia Pacific, Western Europe and North America should make the cross over point from EDGE to HSUPA in 2011.

Recent research by In-Stat found:

"¢ new EDGE base station deployments will continue to dominate the Middle East, Africa and Latin America;

"¢ HSUPA dominates new deployments in Western Europe, but the deployments will follow a bi-modal distribution pattern, with peaks in 2007 and 2012;

"¢ 2007 was an outstanding year for worldwide base station shipments, results for 2008 were comparatively weak.

"¢ in 2007, many new 3G networks were rolled out around the world, and the number of GSM subscribers grew very rapidly, driven by new users in India, Africa, and China.

"¢ 2009 will see a sharp rise in the number of TD-SCDMA base stations shipped.

Allen Nogee, analyst, In-Stat

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