LONDON, July 21 --

- HSPA confirmed as fastest adopted mobile technology of all time

Global HSPA connections will pass the 150 million mark by the end of the
summer, the GSM Association announced today. With more than 300 networks across
127 countries and approaching 1500 HSPA enabled devices readily available, HSPA
has firmly established itself as the world’s dominant mobile broadband
technology and the fastest adopted mobile technology of all time.

According to Wireless Intelligence, the following regions are driving global
HSPA connection growth:

- AsiaPac accounts for almost 50 million live HSPA connections today and will
have over 56 million by this September - EMEA HSPA connections will pass the 50
million mark any day and will have reached almost 60 million by the end of
September this year - The US currently has almost 32 million HSPA connections
with the number expected to rise to nearly 37 million by this September - The
Americas will have just over four million connections by the end of September

The tremendous success of HSPA demonstrates the enormous ongoing demand for
truly mobile broadband access, said Dan Warren, Director of Technology, GSMA.
HSPA’s leading position is not just important to the mobile industry - by
using a single technology for mobile broadband services globally, we avoid the
fragmentation that limits its potential to improve the quality of people’s

The phenomenal growth of HSPA is set to continue, with 200 million connections
expected by Q1 2010.

Indeed, with the number of mobile operators in and vendors committed to the GSM
family of technologies (HSPA, HSPA+ and LTE) the success of HSPA mobile
broadband is attracting a lot of attention from outside the
’traditional’ mobile industry:

- The consumer electronics, automotive, energy and utility industries are
beginning to understand the possibilities of embedding mobile broadband into
their products - Governments around the world are making the right spectrum
available to support mobile broadband services today and into the future,
ensuring their economies benefit from the GDP growth associated with the
technology - Businesses and end users are embracing the freedom and productivity
benefits offered by mobile broadband, driving flexible working practices and
enabling impulsive mobile consumers to access the mobile internet on the move

HSPA mobile broadband technology continues to drive diversification across new
markets as the true benefits of mobility continue to be embraced in new and
innovative ways.

WCDMA HSPA data and forecasts from Wireless Intelligence and are correct as at
20 July 2009.

About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications
industry. Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the
world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the
broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies,
equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment
organisations. The GSMA is focused on innovating, incubating and creating new
opportunities for its membership, all with the end goal of driving the growth of
the mobile communications industry.

About Wireless Intelligence

Wireless Intelligence is a comprehensive database on the global mobile market
which delivers a granular view of the operational performance of the
world’s mobile network operators. It is the de facto industry tool for
market intelligence with a subscriber base of over 550 of the world’s
mobile operators, leading equipment manufacturers, software vendors, content
suppliers and consultancies. The service covers all cellular technologies and
includes 2,215,000 individual data points spanning 800 mobile network operators
and 1,300 networks in over 200 countries.

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