8 years ago when the Japanese mobile operator NTT DOCOMO launched world’s first 3G network. But recently it reached 500 million 3G network customers worldwide.
Around the globe there are over 300 UMTS networks and among them there are more than 35 HSPA networks with over 200 million customers.
In other words, nearly 40% of the 3G subscribers are also able to take advantage of the much higher data transfer speeds made possible by the HSPA technology.
And while 3G reaches milestone after milestone, 4G technology’s path of life has just begun – TeliaSonera launched the first commercially available LTE network a few months back and by 2012 there will be at least 40 more worldwide.