ARCchart Launches Global 3G Wallchart

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3G has been slow to arrive, but next generation cellular networks are finally being widely deployed and new networks continue to come online. There are now some 50 million 3G subscribers worldwide, with live services spread across 40 countries. To help keep abreast of this rapidly evolving market, ARCchart, the London-based wireless research and consulting firm, has launched its first Global 3G wallchart, providing coverage of all 3G operators around the globe.

3G has been slow to arrive, but next generation cellular networks are finally being widely deployed and new networks continue to come online. There are now some 50 million 3G subscribers worldwide, with live services spread across 40 countries. To help keep abreast of this rapidly evolving market, ARCchart, the London-based wireless research and consulting firm, has launched its first Global 3G wallchart, providing coverage of all 3G operators around the globe.

Cellular operators have largely written-off the billions of dollars spent on 3G spectrum licenses purchased at the start of the decade. Commercial networks were slow to arrive, partly because of technology problems but also because of operators’ reluctance to commit to major infrastructure expenditure following the tech meltdown in 2000.

Today, there are 88 operators with live 3G networks spread across 40 countries, and a further 53 operators hold next generation spectrum licenses. According to ARCchart, an additional 36 operators are expected to launch 3G services in 2006.

With this momentum in the industry, subscriber numbers are growing. NTT DoCoMo is the front-runner, followed by SK Telecom in Korea. On a proportionate subscriber basis, Hutchison Whampoa and Vodafone also rank in the top five global 3G operators.

Initially, CDMA operators migrating to EV-DO enjoyed a technology head-start over their GSM counterparts - with no better examples than KDDI in Japan and Verizon Wireless in the US. However, today, WCDMA accounts for the lion's share of 3G subscribers, with 36 million users worldwide.

With the WiMAX threat looming around the corner, 3G operators are not standing still. Many, such as Vodafone and T-Mobile in Europe, are looking to launch HSDPA in 2006 and some operators, like Cingular Wireless, are moving directly to the 3.5G technology.

ARCchart has captured this ramping level of 3G activity with its new “Global 3G Wireless Landscape 2006” wallchart. Researched in association with WCIS, the World Cellular Information Service from Informa Telecoms & Media, the chart provides data ranging from 3G subscribers to network equipment vendor contracts awarded. Technologies covered include WCDMA, EV-DO as well as HSDPA. The A1 size map is a powerful visual tool for extracting, as well as tracking, 3G metrics across the global mobile industry.

For analysts, researchers and marketing professionals, the data is available electronically, ready to port into models, pitches and presentations. To purchase the wallchart or datasheet contact ARCchart on +44 207 826 9000, or click on the following link: http://www.arcchart.com/wallcharts/wls_3g.asp

About ARCchart

ARCchart is an independent research and consulting firm focusing on all aspects of the wireless communications sector. Based in London, ARCchart’s depth and breadth of analysis provides a global perspective on wireless technology and industry developments. Combining original thinking with exceptional knowledge and experience, ARCchart assists clients in making sound commercial decisions about technologies, market strategies and competitive positions. ARCchart’s strategic advice covers all aspects of the wireless value chain - ranging from semiconductors and WLANs to network operators, handsets and mobile applications.

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