Ericsson HSPA

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Regardless of where they are, consumers demand higher data rates as they send and receive e-mails, or enjoy music or video clips. Speed isn’t the only issue for the network service provider – good coverage, network capacity and performance are also needed to handle the growth in mobile traffic from both businesses and consumers.

The rapid uptake of smartphone usage puts new demands on your network, while presenting a significant new revenue opportunity. Smartphone users offer substantially higher revenue potential compared with non-smartphone users.

Our technology

High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) is a technology that enables operators to upgrade their Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) networks to support higher download and upload data rates. Nearly half of all operators that have commercially launched HSPA use Ericsson Radio Access Network equipment.

Consistent with our tradition of supplying future-proof products based on cutting-edge technology, upgrading our WCDMA systems to HSPA only requires a software upgrade of existing radio base stations.

Through HSPA, operators can provide high-performance, interactive services to an enormous subscriber base, anywhere and at any time, stimulating greater usage and loyalty among existing customers while attracting new ones, and generating new revenue streams.

WCDMA/HSPA is the main mobile broadband technology today, supporting more than 1 billion subscribers worldwide. At Ericsson, with our vast experience of working with large, heavy-loaded networks, we continue to deliver the best in-service performance, supporting operators in growing their revenues and reducing operational costs.

Constantly evolving, WCDMA/HSPA is a highly effective mobile broadband technology likely to continue to serve both new and traditional markets for years to come.

Ericsson’s offering

Our WCDMA/HSPA offering meets the demands that the rapid increase of smartphones puts on the networks, and new functionality to further improve this efficiency is continuously added. Important examples are:

  • Smartphone efficient functionality (High Speed-Forward Access Channel (HS-FACH), Enhanced Uplink (EUL)-FACH, Continuous Packet Connectivity (CPC), Fast Dormancy, etc.)
  • Improved coverage with: - HSPA in low frequency bands - the Ericsson unique PSI-Coverage base station solution
  • Superior radio performance with a comprehensive RBS portfolio for optimized coverage and capacity
  • Support for data rates up to 84Mbps on the downlink and 5.8Mbps on the uplink
  • Increased network capacity – multi carrier for downlink, interference suppression for uplink
  • Reduced signaling
  • Carrier aggregation
  • Multi-standard radio with GSM, WCDMA/HSPA, LTE and Wi-Fi working together
  • A clear evolution path to HSPA Evolution giving an uplink speed of 23Mbps and downlink speed of 336Mbps, as specified in 3GPP Release 9 and 10 respectively.

Benefits

Building on today’s WCDMA/HSPA networks and with more than 3300 HSPA-enabled devices on the market, HSPA is an effective way to quickly and cost-effectively meet mass market demand for mobile broadband

We provide you with:

  • Superior consumer experience and lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) for network operators
  • A future-proof, high-capacity platform that enables operators to grow through software investments leveraging on existing hardware
  • Interworking between GSM, LTE and Wi-Fi • Support of coordination in heterogeneous networks i.e. reusing same carriers in small cells as in the macro network.
  • Main contributor in standardization, shaping the ecosystem in collaboration with other industry leaders
  • The leading interoperability development testing (IODT) player in the market – all main mobile device manufacturers perform interoperability testing in Ericsson labs.

Choose a leader

In 2005, we supported the first launch of HSPA for commercial operation, a crucial step in the evolution of WCDMA. Ericsson was the first to demonstrate 21Mbps downlink, 28Mbps multiple-input, multiple-output, 42Mbps dual carrier, 84Mbps and 168Mbps multi carrier, and interference suppression for uplink

We have more than 200 WCDMA RAN customers worldwide, and about 45 percent of the global WCDMA/HSPA smartphone traffic goes through Ericsson networks.

Offering

Our WCDMA/HSPA offering is the backbone of true Mobile Broadband services. Part of our Full-Service Broadband offering, the ADSL-like data speeds of WCDMA/HSPA allow service providers to deliver a true broadband experience to any device, anywhere, anytime.

Key characteristics of our WCDMA/HSPA offering for Mobile Broadband include:

  • Support for up to 42Mbps on the downlink and 5.8 Mbps on the uplink
  • Superior radio performance with a comprehensive RBS portfolio for optimized coverage and capacity
  • Excellent in-service-performance built on scalable and future-proof 3G platforms
  • A clear evolution path to HSPA Evolution, which will provide speeds of more than 84 Mbps on the downlink and more than 12 Mbps on the uplink

Building on today's WCDMA/GSM networks, and with hundreds of HSPA-enabled devices on the market, HSPA is an effective way to quickly and cost-effectively meet mass market demand for Mobile Broadband.

Through HSPA, you can provide high-performance, interactive services to an enormous subscriber base, anywhere and at any time, stimulating greater usage and loyalty among existing customers while attracting new ones, and generating new revenue streams.

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WCDMA RAN

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The WCDMA RAN offering has excellent feature-rich radio and in-service performance, and a scalable architecture that provides a future-proof platform for smooth introduction of HSPA Evolution and LTE.

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