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Thanks, Apple: Wireless Broadband Exploding

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Wireless broadband is growing like wildfire. Current estimates are that by the end of the year there could be over 250 million subscribers to HSPA connections (the tech behind 3G wireless broadband).

With over 26 million iPhone’s sold in the past 2 years, and sales of the iPhone 3GS booming, Apple is clearly playing a major role in the growth of wireless broadband tech.


GigaOM has the full rundown on the growth of wireless broadband around the globe.

6 Responses to “Thanks, Apple: Wireless Broadband Exploding”

  1. Darren

    As much as I’m a fan of Apple’s products, I can’t agree with this post. It’s a massive stretch to give any credit to the iPhone for global HSPA coverage.

    For one, the iPhone has not had as big an impact elsewhere in the world as it has in the US, where carrier network technology has traditionally lagged behind everywhere else. Nokia, for example, as been selling over 10 million HSPA-enabled N-Series phones every single quarter for years now and is far more dominant around the world.

    And most of those broadband wireless networks predate the iPhone 3G or, in some cases, the iPhone itself. Vodacom South Africa, for instance, went live with 3.6Mbps HSDPA way back in early 2006 and had upgraded its network to 7.2Mbps capacity before the iPhone 3G was announced in July 2008. Clearly, the iPhone’s existence had no impact on that rollout.

  2. No doubt iPhone isn’t meaningless but for most of the world it’s still limited to one carrier that may not be at the top of the curve. There are more USB HSPA dongles out there than iPhones and iPhone sales are only a small fraction of mobile phones sold — a billion or more every year.

    iPhone is more important in countries like the US who haven’t been leading the pack in mobile service.