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Investment in mobile broadband to soar

Operators around the world to pledge half of all mobile CAPEX to mobile broadband.

Investment in mobile broadband to soar
Operators are set to ramp up investment in HSPA and HSPA+ as demand for wireless broadband soars.

Mobile operators around the world will invest up to $72 billion in mobile broadband technologies including HSPA and HSPA+ in 2010, reflecting continued demand for mobile broadband services and the need for underlying infrastructure, according to the GSMA, a trade organisation for the mobile communications industry.

Asia Pacific will see the greatest investment in mobile broadband with predicted capital expenditure of up to $34 billion. North America follows with up to $19 billion, with Europe expected to invest up to $14 billion.

Mobile broadband is set to account for 52% of all operator investment in mobile infrastructure globally.  Of all the regions, North America will spend the greatest percentage - 80% - of its total mobile CAPEX investment on mobile broadband.

"The forecasted investment in mobile broadband technologies reflects the importance the mobile industry places on enabling consumers to access any type of content on the move - whatever they want, whenever they want, wherever they want," said Michael O'Hara, chief marketing officer at the GSMA.

He added that HSPA and HSPA+ have become the dominant global mobile broadband technologies and are set to benefit from a significant proportion of this CAPEX investment, resulting in faster and more reliable mobile broadband services being available to more subscribers around the world by the end of 2010.

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