SPOTLIGHT: WCDMA finally grows up

WCDMA technology has finally come unto its own after a shaky technical start, according to a new white paper from Signals Research. In fact, during the last 18 months, WCDMA has undergone a remarkable reversal of misfortune with subscriber growth on a monthly basis being roughly equivalent to the total number of subscribers added during the first two years of availability. At the end of 2005 there were nearly 100 commercial WCDMA networks located throughout the world providing services to nearly 46 million subscribers. Signals Research cites a number of reasons for WCDMA's success, including technology maturity, better solutions from handset players and silicon suppliers and economies of scale driving down costs of infrastructure and handsets. Report