SPOTLIGHT: Ovum: 2008 the year for HSDPA

The number of HSDPA connections will reach 16.5 million by the end of 2008 in Western Europe, according to market forecasts by Ovum. HSDPA will grow from a small base of half a million at the end of 2006, as UMTS operators throughout the region start deploying this new high-speed wireless technology. "2008 will be the year when the HSDPA market truly takes off," says Julien Grivolas, wireless technology analyst with Ovum. "This is when HSDPA mobile phone handsets become widely available to the public, more affordable, and therefore reach the mass market." Article