Operator Options for 3G Evolution

This Northstream report is an independent analysis of the global 3G network evolution situation. In year 2000, evolution paths to 3G appeared clear for GSM, CDMA and TDMA operators, with WCDMA as an unrivalled future global radio interface, with evolved CDMA2000 variants deployed in specific markets. Some analysts and other industry players now suggest that the playing field has fundamentally changed due to the economic downturn and recent market successes, failures and delays. This report outlines Northstream’s independent view on the matter. We do it by systematically analyzing the factors involved in technology evolution decisions, and by putting the public media flow in its correct perspective. In doing so, we make use of a Northstream framework specifically developed to help operators who are evaluating technology evolution options.

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