WCDMA Development Report, 2005-2006
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Originated from the early 3rd generation wireless research activities in Europe and Japan, WCDMA is an open wireless access technology, which provides internet access services and various multimedia operations such as music, TV and video entertainment. For service providers, WCDMA means increased network capacity, enhanced efficiency and more sales revenues, which is the natural evolvement of GSM operation.

Commercial WCDMA network development

WCDMA is the major incentive to the commercialized 3G services. Elaborately, in 2005, more than forty commercial WCDMA networks were released worldwide; accounting for about 80% or more of all 2005 released 3G networks. By December 2005, there had been 100 WCDMA networks released in 42 countries all over the world, which illustrates over two-thirds of WCDMA license holders have already released their own 3G business operations. Furthermore, it also reflects the maturity of this technology and the rapid development of the global market.

Commercial 3G Network Development worldwide (By the end of 2005)

WCDMA subscribers base evolution

By the end of 2005, nearly 50 telecom manufacturers worldwide had been involved into commercial applications of WCDMA, developing more than 40 million WCDMA subscribers. The figure has increased by 140% since the end of 2004. On average, there are 2.1 million new subscribers each month.

WCDMA Subscribers base evolution Worldwide in Nov, 2004-Oct, 2005 (Unit: Million)

Only from the end of June 2005 to the end of September, the number of subscribers increased by 15%. At present, the growth rate of 3G/UMTS (WCDMA) subscribers still maintains a remarkably rapid speed and the operational performance is evidently better than the early stage of 2G/GSM network.

 WCDMA Subscribers Growth Worldwide in 2001-2005 (Unit: 10,000 households)

Analysis of WCDMA network development

Compared with CDMA 2000, WCDMA is gaining momentum gradually. The reasons are as follows:

1. Of the 137 released licenses for 3G frequency bands by the end of 2005, there are 128 WCDMA permits and 3 CDMA permits while the remaining CDMA operators opened CDMA2000 1X and CDMA2000 1X EV-DO businesses based on previous CDMA frequency bands.

2.CDMA2000 EV-DO subscribers totaled 20 million while WCDMA subscribers exceeded 40 million. The latter have increased by 140% since the end of 2004, far higher than EV-DO growth.

3. The tough period of WCDMA development in Europe has gone away, which accelerates the commercial applications of WCDMA. Among the 268 3G commercial networks, there are 100 WCDMA networks, 29 CDMA2000 1X EV-DO and 139 cdma2000 1X.  In 2005, commercial WCDMA networks were far over EV-DO.

4. In virtue of widespread GSM subscribers and China's joining-in, WCDMA will be developing significantly.



1 Analysis on WCDMA technology 
1.1 Origins of WCDMA technology
1.2 Main features and advantages of WCDMA
1.3 Key WCDMA technologies and pending breakthroughs 
1.4 Development history of WCDMA technology
1.5 Market opportunities faced by WCDMA

2 Global market size of WCDMA
2.1 Overview of WCDMA market
2.2 Scale of WCDMA subscribers
2.3 Scale of WCDMA equipment
2.4 Scale of WCDMA terminal

3 Chinese market size of WCDMA
3.1 Overview of WCDMA market
3.2 Scale of WCDMA subscribers
3.3 Scale of WCDMA equipment
3.4 Scale of WCDMA terminal

4 WCDMA development worldwide
4.1 Overview of WCDMA network development worldwide
4.1.1 WCDMA license granting worldwide
4.1.2 3G markets in Asia-Pacific Region
4.1.3 3G markets in Europe & America
4.1.4 WCDMA development in typical countries and regions
4.2 WCDMA development in Japan
4.2.1 Development history of WCDMA in Japan
4.2.2 WCDMA network in Japan
4.2.3 WCDMA subscribers in Japan
4.2.4 Four distinct features of WCDMA development in Japan
4.2.5 Factors for the success of Japanese 3G industry
4.3 WCDMA development in South Korea
4.3.1 Causes for the failure of WCDMA in South Korea
4.3.2 Problems of WCDMA development in South Korea
4.3.3 Prospects for WCDMA development in South Korea
4.4 WCDMA development in Singapore
4.5 WCDMA development in Hong Kong
4.5.1 Hutchison Global Communications
4.5.2 SmarTone Telecommunications Holding Limited
4.5.3 CSL
4.6 WCDMA development in Australia
4.6.1 3G market development in Australia
4.6.2 3G operator development in Australia
4.7 WCDMA development in New Zealand
4.7.1 3G market development in New Zealand
4.7.2 3G operator development in New Zealand
4.8 WCDMA development in United Arab Emirates (UAE)
4.8.1 Brief introduction to Emirates Telecommunications Corporation
4.8.2 UMTS network development of Emirates Telecommunications Corporation
4.9 WCDMA development in U.K
4.9.1 Hutchison Telecommunications group
4.9.2 Vodafone
4.9.3 Orange
4.9.4 Competitive analysis of WCDMA operators in U.K
4.10 WCDMA development in America
4.10.1 Overview of 3G market development in America
4.10.2 Development of major WCDMA operators in America
4.10.3 WCDMA network development of Cingular
4.10.4 WCDMA network development of AT & T Wireless 
4.11 WCDMA development in France
4.11.1 Current status of WCDMA development in France
4.11.2 Typical WCDMA operators in France
4.12 WCDMA development in Italy
4.12.1 Overview of 3G development in Italy
4.12.2 General development of H3G
4.12.3 Development of other operators
4.13 Germany
4.14 Spain
4.15 Portugal
4.16 Netherlands
4.17 Belgium
4.18 Austria
4.19 Greece
4.20 Sweden
4.21 Denmark
4.22 Finland
4.23 Norway

5 Development trend of WCDMA in China
5.1 Background of WCMA development worldwide
5.2 Analysis of Chinese WCDMA market competition
5.2.1 Foundation for Chinese WCDMA development
5.2.2 Advantages of China's TD-SCDMA
5.2.3 Advantages of China's CDMA2000 1X EV-DO
5.3 Development analysis of equipment suppliers in Chinese market
5.4 Development analysis of operators in Chinese market
5.4.1 Analysis on WCDMA development of China Mobile
5.4.2 Analysis on WCDMA development of China Telecom
5.4.3 Analysis on WCDMA development of China Netcom

6 Competitiveness analysis of WCDMA network equipment manufacturers
6.1 Alcatel
6.1.1 Corporate profile
6.1.2 Analysis on R&D ability of Alcatel Shanghai Bell
6.1.3 WCDMA product/technology analysis of Alcatel
6.1.4 Analysis on 3G market strategies of Alcatel
6.1.5 Analysis on Alcatel's financial status
6.1.6 Acquired WCDMA contracts and performing status
6.2 Ericsson
6.2.1 Background analysis of research and development
6.2.2 Product/technology analysis
6.2.3 Analysis of market strategies
6.2.4 Analysis of competitive environments
6.2.5 Analysis of financial status
6.2.6 Acquired WCDMA contracts and performing status
6.3 Lucent Technologies
6.3.1 Analysis of research and development
6.3.2 Product/technology analysis
6.3.3 Analysis of market strategies
6.3.4 Analysis of competitive environments
6.3.5 Analysis of financial status
6.3.6 Acquired WCDMA contracts and performing status
6.4 Nokia
6.4.1 Background analysis of research and development
6.4.2 Product/technology analysis
6.4.3 Analysis of market strategies
6.4.4 Analysis of competitive environments
6.4.5 Analysis of financial status
6.4.6 Acquired WCDMA contracts and performing status
6.5 Siemens
6.5.1 Background analysis of research and development
6.5.2 Product/technology analysis
6.5.3 Analysis of market strategies
6.5.4 Analysis of competitive environments
6.5.5 Analysis of financial status
6.5.6 Acquired WCDMA contracts and performing status
6.6 ZTE
6.6.1 Background analysis of WCDMA research and development
6.6.2 WCDMA product/technology analysis
6.6.3 Analysis of market strategies
6.6.4 Analysis of competitive environments
6.6.5 Analysis of financial status
6.6.6 Analysis of latest corporate developments
6.7.1 Background analysis of research and development
6.7.2 Product/technology analysis
6.7.3 Analysis of market strategies
6.7.4 Analysis of competitive environments
6.7.5 Analysis of financial status
6.7.6 Acquired WCDMA contracts and performing status
6.8 NEC
6.8.1 Background analysis of research and development
6.8.2 Product/technology analysis
6.8.3 Analysis of market strategies
6.8.4 Analysis of competitive environments
6.8.5 Analysis of financial status
6.8.6 Acquired WCDMA contracts and performing status
6.9.1 Background analysis of research and development
6.9.2 Product/technology analysis
6.9.3 Analysis of market strategies
6.9.4 Analysis of competitive environments
6.9.5 Analysis of financial status
6.9.6 Acquired WCDMA contracts and performing status

7 Study on WCDMA terminal chip manufacturers
7.1 Qualcomm
7.1.1 Corporate profile
7.1.2 Analysis on WCDMA chip R&D ability of Qualcomm
7.1.3 Analysis on WCDMA chip products of Qualcomm
7.1.4 Models applying WCDA chips
7.1.5 Analysis of market strategies
7.1.6 Analysis of financial status
7.1.7 Major customers of Qualcomm
7.2 EMP
7.2.1 Corporate profile
7.2.2 Analysis on WCDMA chip R&D ability of EMP
7.2.3 Analysis on WCDMA chip products of EMP
7.2.4 Analysis of financial status
7.2.5 Major customers of EMP
7.3 TI
7.3.1 Corporate profile
7.3.2 Analysis of R&D ability
7.3.3 Analysis of WCDMA chip products
7.3.4 Analysis of financial status
7.3.5 Analysis of major customers and market strategies
7.4 ADI
7.4.1 Corporate profile
7.4.2 Analysis of R&D ability
7.4.3 Analysis of WCDMA chip products
7.4.4 Analysis of financial status
7.5 Agere Systems
7.5.1 Corporate profile
7.5.2 Analysis of WCDMA chip R&D ability
7.5.3 Analysis of WCDMA chip products
7.5.4 Analysis of business operation
7.5.5 Analysis of corporate cooperation
7.6 Freescale
7.6.1 Corporate profile
7.6.2 Analysis of R&D ability
7.6.3 Product analysis
7.6.4 Analysis of financial status
7.7 Broadcom
7.7.1 Corporate profile
7.7.2 Analysis of R&D ability
7.7.3 Analysis of WCDMA products
7.7.4 Corporate performance in the market
7.7.5 Analysis of major customers
7.8 Infineon
7.8.1 Corporate profile
7.8.2 WCDMA development strategies
7.8.3 Analysis of major products
7.8.4 Market performance
7.9 Philips Semiconductors
7.9.1 Corporate profile
7.9.2 Analysis of R&D ability
7.9.3 Analysis of WCDMA chips
7.9.4 Analysis of market strategies
7.9.5 Analysis of financial status
7.10 Renesas Technology
7.10.1 Corporate profile
7.10.2 Analysis of R&D ability
7.10.3 Analysis of WCDMA chips
7.11 Development trend of WCDMA chips in 2006

8 Study on WCDMA handset suppliers
8.1 Overall analysis of WCDMA handset market worldwide in 2005
8.2 SonyEricsson 
8.2.1 Corporate profile
8.2.2 WCDMA terminal
8.2.3 WCDMA terminal market strategies
8.3 Nokia
8.3.1 Corporate profile
8.3.2 Current status of WCDMA terminal market
8.3.3 WCDMA terminal market strategies
8.3.4 Trend of WCDMA terminal development
8.3.5 Competition in WCDMA terminal market
8.4 ZTE
8.4.1 Corporate profile
8.4.2 Overview of WCDMA terminal production
8.4.3 WCDMA terminal market strategies
8.4.4 Strategies for WCDMA terminal development
8.5 NEC
8.5.1 Corporate
8.5.2 WCDMA terminal
8.5.3 WCDMA terminal market strategies
8.5.4 Strategies for WCDMA terminal development
8.5.5 Competition in WCDMA terminal market
8.6.1 Corporate profile
8.6.2 WCDMA terminal
8.6.3 WCDMA terminal market strategies
8.6.4 Strategies for WCDMA terminal development
8.6.5 Competition in WCDMA terminal market
8.7 Motorola
8.7.1 Corporate profile
8.7.2 WCDMA terminal
8.7.3 WCDMA terminal market strategies
8.7.4 Strategies for WCDMA terminal development
8.7.5 Competition in WCDMA terminal market
8.8 LG
8.8.1 Corporate profile
8.8.2 WCDMA terminal
8.8.3 WCDMA terminal market strategies
8.8.4 Strategies for WCDMA terminal development
8.8.5 Competition in WCDMA terminal market
8.9 Samsung
8.9.1 Corporate profile
8.9.2 WCDMA terminal
8.9.3 WCDMA terminal market strategies
8.9.4 Strategies for WCDMA terminal development
8.9.5 Competition in WCDMA terminal market

9 Study on WCDMA testing equipment manufacturers
9.1 Agilent
9.1.1 Corporate profile
9.1.2 Analysis of development ability of Agilent (China)
9.1.3 Analysis of 3G products
9.1.4 3G development strategies
9.1.5 3G market performance
9.1.6 Financial analysis of Agilent's testing products
9.1.7 Analysis of major customers
9.2 Anritsu
9.2.1 Corporate profile
9.2.2 3G development strategies
9.2.3 Analysis of 3G products
9.2.4 Market performance and corporate cooperation
9.2.5 WCDMA development
9.3 Racal Wireless
9.3.1 Corporate profile
9.3.2 3G market development
9.4 Catapult Communications
9.4.1 Corporate profile
9.4.2 3G market development
9.5.1 Corporate profile
9.5.2 3G market development
9.6 Willtech
9.6.1 Corporate profile
9.6.2 3G market development
9.7 Tektronix
9.7.1 Corporate profile
9.8 Ubinetics
9.8.1 Corporate profile
9.8.2 Market development of Ubinetics 
9.9 Acterna
9.9.1 Corporate profile
9.9.2 3G market development
9.10 Rohde-Schwarz
9.10.1 Corporate profile
9.10.2 3G development strategies
9.11 Aeroflex
9.11.1 Corporate profile
9.11.2 3G development strategies
9.12 NetTest
9.12.1 Corporate profile
9.12.2 3G products
9.13 Spirent
9.13.1 Corporate profile
9.13.2 3G market analysis
9.14 Advantest
9.14.1 Corporate profile
9.14.2 3G market development
9.15 Teradyne
9.15.1 Corporate profile
9.15.2 3G market development
9.16 NetHawk
9.16.1 Corporate profile
9.16.2 3G market development
9.17 Credence Systems
9.17.1 Corporate profile
9.17.2 3G products
9.17.3 Credence Systems in China
9.18 Shibasoku
9.18.1 Corporate profile
9.18.2 3G market development

10 WCDMA upgrading—HSDPA
10.1 Technical development of WCDMA
10.2 Features and advantages of HSDPA
10.3 Differences between HSDPA and WCDMA
Overview of 3G operators worldwide (up to May 2005)
Top three countries by 3G/UMT users worldwide (up to Aug 2005)
3G terminal development worldwide (up to May 2005)
Forecast shipment of WCDMA terminals worldwide in 2004-2008
WCDMA terminal development in 2005
Total number of 3G licenses released worldwide (up to Aug 2005)
WCDMA subscriber development worldwide in Nov, 2004-Oct, 2005
WCDMA subscriber development in Japan in 2002-2005
3G subscribers and popularization in Hong Kong
Development of Nokia smartphone business in 1H 2005
Comparison of Lucent's revenues from home and abroad in 2005
Four driving factors for China's 3G standards
Global market shares of mobile communication network equipment in 2004
Total revenue of ZTE in 3Q, 2005
Employees of Guangdong Nortel in 2001-2006
IMS structure system of Huawei
CDMA EV-DO operators of Qualcomm
Manufacturers adopting Qualcomm's 6025 and 6000 chips
Evolutionary illustration of EMP3G
Multimedia capabilities of EMP 3G products
Multimedia software structure of EMP platform
TI's design & manufacture sites worldwide
Statistics on handset sales in China in 1H 2005
Market shares of handset manufacturers worldwide in Q1-Q2, 2005
Analysis of Nokia's operation in Q3, 2005
Analysis of Motorola's operation in Q3, 2005
Handset market shares in North America in Q3, 2005
WCDMA operators worldwide (up to Dec 2005)
Scheduled business date and operation of four Japanese 3G operators 
Scheduled business date and operation of three South Korean 3G operators
WCDMA network coverage of South Korean operators
3G license releasing in Hong Kong
3G business development of Hutchison Telecommunications Australia
3G license releasing in New Zealand
3G license releasing in U.K
Timetable for WCDMA business promotion of Hutchison Whampoa (up to Nov 2004)
Timetable for WCDMA business promotion of Vodafone (up to Nov 2004)
WCDMA network construction of Hutchison Whampoa
Typical charges and preferable terminal allowance sets of Hutchison and Vodafone
WCDMA business promotion of AT & T
Business operation of Ericsson in China
Operational performance of Alcatel in China
Events in the development of Alcatel Shanghai Bell
R&D system of Alcatel Shanghai Bell
Investments in WCDMA R&D of Alcatel Shanghai Bell
WCDMA R&D strength of Alcatel Shanghai Bell
3G-UMTS Core products of Alcatel Shanghai Bell
3G-UMTS Radio products of Alcatel Shanghai Bell
Analysis on operational indicators of Alcatel in Q3, 2005
WCDMA contracts of Alcatel worldwide
Technical development views of Ericsson
Business operation of Ericsson in China
Brief introduction to major WCDMA products of Ericsson
Operational comparison between Nokia and Ericsson in 1H 2005
Operational performance of Ericsson in Q1-Q3, 2005
Lucent CDMA market worldwide
WCDMA products of Lucent
New 3G business jointly released by Lucent and Cingular based on HSDPA
Analysis on business operation of Lucent in 1H 2005
Analysis on business operation of Nokia in Jan-Sep, 2005
Acquired WCDMA contracts and performing status of Nokia
WCDMA products of Siemens
Distribution of 3G R&D institutions of Siemens in China
Comparative analysis of business operation of Siemens in FY2004-2005
Acquired WCDMA contracts and performing status of Siemens
WCDMA core network equipment of ZTE
WCDMA wireless access network equipment of ZTE
Analysis on business operation of ZTE in 1H 2005
Major financial data and indicators of ZTE in 1H 2005
Investments and R&D of Nortel in China
Business scope of NEC Communications (China)
WCDMA network products of NEC
Analysis on operational indicators of NEC in 2004-2005
Major financial data and indicators of NEC in 2004-2005
Acquired WCDMA contracts and performing status of NEC
Ranking of Huawei products in the global market
WCDMA network products of Huawei
Acquired WCDMA contracts and performing status of Huawei
Comparison between chip manufacturers and terminal manufacturers
Performance of major IC companies in WCDMA terminal market
WCDMA handsets released by ZTE
3G handsets released by NEC
Evolution of 3G terminal technologies of Huawei
WCDMA terminals released by Huawei
Operational performance of Motorola's mobile and network department in Q3, 2005
Brief introduction to LG Electronics (China) Co., Ltd
Market share ranking of handset distributors in Q2-Q3, 2005
Analysis of LG handset sales in 2005
WCDMA terminals released by LG
WCDMA terminals released by Samsung
Development of Agilent in China
Agilent's R&D center in China
3G testing equipment products of Agilent
3G products of Racal Wireless
Major customers of Willtech
3G products of Willtech
Market strategies of Tektronix
Major 3G products of Tektronix
Market developments of UbiNetics
3G market strategies of Acterna
3G products of Acterna
3G market strategies of Rohde-Schwarz
Leading 3G products of Rohde-Schwarz
3G products of Aeroflex
3G products of NetTest
3G market strategies of Spirent
Major 3G products of Spirent
3G products of Nethawk
3G products of Credence Systems

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RF coaxial cable, a general term for coaxial cables that transmit electrical signal or energy within radio frequency range, is mainly used in communications equipment, communications terminals, aerosp...

Global and China RF Coaxial Cable Industry Report, 2014-2017

Benefiting from a surge in mobile phone users and gradual replacement of 2G by 3G and 4G in developing countries, global RF coaxial cable market size has been growing, registering an average annual gr...

Global and China Mobile Phone (Cell Phone) Assembly Industry Report, 2012-2013

The report highlights:     1. Global Mobile Phone Market and Industry     2. China Mobile Phone Market and Industry    3. China Mobile Phone Export  &...

China Mobile Payment Industry Report, 2012-2014

Among the current mobile payment means, remote payment is widely used in China, while less than 6% of payments are realized through NFC (Near Field Communication) payment mode. Now, mobile payment tra...

China Optical Communication Industry Report, 2012-2014

The global optical fiber and cable market maintained stable growth in 2011, and the total demand in 2011 rose by 15% year on year to over 200 million core km. In 2012, the demand remained strong, with...

Global and China Mobile (Cell) Phone Assembly Industry Report, 2011-2012

In 2011, the mobile phone output in China increased by 15.5% over 2010 to 1.172 billion sets, among which, the export volume rose by 13.9% over 2010 to 885 million sets, with the export value climbed ...

China Mobile Communication Antenna Industry Report, 2011

At the end of 2010, mobile phone users amounted to 859 million and 3G subscribers totaled 47.1 million in China. In July 2011, mobile phone users jumped to 930 million, including 87.2 million 3G subsc...

Global and China RF Coaxial Cable Industry Report, 2010-2013

RF coaxial cable is widely applied in fields including mobile communication, broadcast and television, communication terminal and aerospace etc. With rapid development of downstream industries especia...

Latin America Telecommunication Market Report, 2010-2011

Latin America is a potential market with a population and GNP over 580 million and USD2.3 trillion respectively. Telecommunication industry has started reformation since 1980s and gradually realized p...

Africa Telecom Market Report, 2010-2011

Africa is poor and underdeveloped. Among the 48 least developed countries published by the United Nations in 2011, 33 are located in Africa, where the telecom investment accounts for only 2% of the to...

Global and China Mobile Phone and Tablet PC Processor Industry Report, 2010-2011

Mobile phone processor mainly covers baseband processor and application processor, while tablet PC processor mostly refers to GPU. The mobile phone processors are undergoing great changes and the orig...

China Optical Communication Industry Report, 2010-2011

The optical communication network construction in China has transferred to the extensive upgrading of access network since 2010, and the centralized procurement quantity of FTTx by three telecom opera...

Southeast Asia and Oceania Telecommunication Industry Report, 2010-2011

Singapore boasts the highest level of telecommunication development and the most comprehensive service coverage in Southeast Asia. Along with the in-depth application of 3G during the recent years, th...

China Local Independent Design House (IDH) Survey Report, 2010-2011

To find out the development status and trends of local independent design houses (IDH), Mobile Phone Journal and ResearchInChina implemented an IDH survey jointly in March 2011.Questionnaire:1. &...

Global and China Mobile Phone RF (Radio Frequency) Industry Report, 2010-2011

Mobile phone RF system consists mainly of transceiver, power amplifier (PA) and front-end module (FEM). The RF system of a general mobile phone is simply inclusive of a transceiver and a PA. FEM can b...

Global and China Mobile Phone Manufacture Industry Report, 2010-2011

The global mobile phone shipment increased substantially in 2010 by 20.8% to 1.425 billion after the recession in the previous year, which was mainly fueled by smart phones whose shipment climbed to 3...

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