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Investors Giving Billions for Mobile Broadband

By Marisa Torrieri, TMCnet Editor

Consumers burdened with money woes might be tightening their purse strings – but they sure aren’t skimping on mobile spending. Neither are investors.
The GSM Association reported Wednesday that mobile operators around the world will invest up to $72 billion in mobile broadband technologies in 2010.
The new operator CAPEX investment data, compiled by global investment firm Deutsche Bank, reflects the continued consumer and enterprise demand for mobile broadband services. In turn, it also reflects the demand for better underlying infrastructure, as global HSPA connections reach the 200 million milestone.

The Asia Pacific – home to innovative carriers like NTT DoCoMo (News - Alert) and consumers that demand data-intensive services -- will see the greatest investment in mobile broadband (with predicted capital expenditure of up to $34 billion).
North America follows is close behind, with projected investments $19 billion, while Europe expected to invest up to $14 billion.
Overall, said the Association, mobile broadband is set to account for 52 percent of all operator investment in mobile infrastructure globally. Of all the regions, North America will spend the greatest percentage -- 80 percent -- 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 (News - Alert). “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 this year.”

Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri