Consumers in North, Central and South America are eagerly signing up for mobile broadband services. A new report from the trade group 3G Americas with research from Informa Telecoms & Media found that UMTS/HSPA subscriptions increased 81 percent in the Western Hemisphere annually by the end of March 2010.
Specifically, there were 33.4 million new UMTS/HSPA mobile broadband connections in the year ending March 31, 2010, for a total of nearly 75 million subscribers in the Americas across 64 UMTS/HSPA networks. This represents an 81 percent increase from the 41.1 million UMTS/HSPA subscribers reported in March 2009. In addition, total GSM subscribers (this includes GSM/UMTS/HSPA) in the Americas reached 621.7 million at the end of March 2010.
In North America, there were 5 million UMTS/HSPA customers added across eight networks in U.S. and Canada in the first quarter. Globally, there are about 493 million UMTS/HSPA connections.
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