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U900 is a 3G technology deployed in the 900MHz band. It is typically used for 2G – or G900 – services. It is suited to operators in developing markets with a high percentage of 3G devices on their network but only G900 services available.


  • Refarming 900MHz spectrum currently used for 2G services to enable 3G is most relevant to operators that do not have any 4G investment in place but want to push 3G out to rural areas.
  • U900 can be complementary to 4G deployments. It also offers device availability benefits.
  • For developing market operators in particular, U900 can have a positive impact on ARPU because it provides mobile broadband in areas that previously were not covered.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes the key benefits and drivers for U900 deployment.
  • Assesses how U900 operators have prepared for and launched U900 services.

Key questions answered

  • What are the benefits of U900?
  • How have U900 operators approached deployment?
  • What are the barriers to U900 deployment?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

Market status

  • Global U900 deployments

Market dynamics

  • Drivers for U900 commitment
  • Barriers to U900 commitment
  • U900 network rollout
  • U900 launch strategies
  • U900 launch best practice


  • Further reading
  • Author

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