Informa telecoms & media hat ein paar Zahlen zur Verbreitung von 3G veröffentlicht:
European WCDMA subscriptions passed the 100 million mark at end-May 2008, just over five years after the region’s first commercial WCDMA-network launch, according to Informa Telecoms & Media data.
At end-May 2008, Informa’s World Cellular Information Service shows there were an estimated 101.5 million WCDMA subscriptions in Europe out of a total of 910.8 million mobile subscriptions, taking WCDMA penetration to 11.1% of subscriptions.
Penetration of WCDMA is generally highest in markets where the technology was launched earliest. Italy became the first market in Europe to offer WCDMA devices when 3 Italia launched services in March 2003. The country now accounts for a quarter of Europe’s WCDMA subscriptions and has one of the highest 3G penetration rates, with 28.7% of subscriptions via WCDMA devices at end-May. Other markets where greenfield operator 3 launched in 1H03 also have high 3G penetration rates, notably Austria, Sweden and the UK.
WCDMA-device sales in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have to date been far lower than in Western Europe. WCDMA subscriptions totalled just 7.8 million, or 1.9% of the total, at end-May 2008, according to Informa’s data. As a result, Slovenia and Georgia are the only markets in CEE where penetration of WCDMA has exceeded 10% of total subscriptions. As the cost of WCDMA devices falls worldwide, Informa forecasts that the CEE region will reach 10% WCDMA penetration by early 2011.
Informa’s WCDMA-subscription figures refer to WCDMA devices, including HSPA devices, that are actively used for voice or data services, or both. A slight slowdown in the growth in WCDMA handset sales in Western Europe in 1Q08 was counteracted by an acceleration in sales of WCDMA/HSPA datacards and modems, which boosted the size of the total 3G market, particularly in Sweden and Austria.
It has only been with growing uptake of HSPA devices that data traffic and revenues have begun to take off. According to a report published on June 12 by Swedish telecoms regulator PTS, Revenues from mobile services [in Sweden] totalled SEK19.7 billion [EUR2.1 billion] in 2007… Mobile Internet services, by means of USB sticks or USB modems, account for more than SEK1 billion of such revenues.“