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Studies: Asia, Western Europe Two Years Ahead of U.S. In 3G

Two new studies indicate that Asia and Western Europe are two years ahead of the U.S. in deployment of broader-band third-generation (3G) wireless capabilities.

The Strategis Group studies say that several countries within those regions could deploy full 3G networks by 2002 while 3G won't be seen in the U.S. until 2004. 

"Finland, Japan, and the United Kingdom will be first to deploy 3G," said Heather Henyon, analyst with The Strategis Group.

"While these countries may not be the largest markets for wireless Internet services, demand for increased capacity and the readiness of end-users to adopt 3G services is the most assured."

The two studies are Third Generation Wireless: Strategies and Forecasts for Global Markets and Next Generation Wireless: U.S. 2.5/3G Marketplace reports.