North American CDMA Subscribers Reach 1.5 Million After Only 18 Months Of Commercialization -- Global CDMA Subscriber Numbers Already Approaching Eight Million
ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 3, 1997 -- Demonstrating the phenomenal growth of cdmaOne around the world, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced, at the 1997 CDMA North American Regional Congress, that the cdmaOne subscriber base has exceeded all expectations with more than 1,500,000 estimated subscribers in North America after only 18 months of commercialization. In addition, the Group announced that cdmaOne is continuing its rapid worldwide growth with the number of global subscribers estimated to exceed 7.8 million.
"After only 18 months of commercialization, the industry has witnessed tremendous growth for cdmaOne, both in North America and abroad," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "It is particularly gratifying that cdmaOne has emerged as the clear-cut standard of choice in North America where competition from other digital standards has been most intense. cdmaOne systems are now in more than 25 countries around the world, serving almost eight million customers on five continents."
Presently, 80% of cdmaOne subscriber growth is occurring outside the North American market. The adoption of cdmaOne by China, Japan, India and Korea, as well as other major high-growth wireless markets, underscores the support experienced by the technology during 18 months of commercialization.
"The recent agreement between Japanese CDMA cellular operators DDI and IDO to offer nationwide service beginning in 1998 is indicative of the bright future ahead in Japan for cdmaOne technology," noted LaForge.
The success of cdmaOne has been attributed to several inherent advantages of the technology. High levels of customer satisfaction in key categories, such as voice quality, signal security, enhanced services, reception, power needs and reliability, have enabled cdmaOne to establish itself as a leader in both subscriber numbers and global footprint.
"The CDG and its member companies look forward to continued success in 1998," added LaForge. "With the immense opportunity already available on the Wireless Local Loop front, the number of cdmaOne subscribers will continue to grow to 75-100 million early in the next decade."