cdmaOne Emerges As Global Standard For Fixed Wireless Networks cdmaOne Demonstrates Commercial Viability of Open Wireless Local Loop Standard
ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 3, 1997 -- Highlighting the accelerating growth of cdmaOne network deployments around the world, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced a significant expansion in cdmaOne global Wireless Local Loop (WLL) deployments and product availability during 1997 * (see attached TABLE I and TABLE II for cdmaOne WLL deployment and product line information). The rapid global expansion of cdmaOne WLL networks underscores the emergence of the technology as a leading global standard for fixed wireless networks.
"The clearest proof of the emergence of cdmaOne as a global WLL standard is the number of deployments that have occurred this year. By the end of 1997, as many as 16 cdmaOne WLL networks will be in commercial operation or deployment around the world," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDMA Development Group. "In addition, the selection of cdmaOne fixed wireless terminals from CDG member companies is expected to increase substantially in 1998 as new entrants to the WLL marketplace unveil additional cdmaOne solutions."
Compared to competing wireless technologies, cdmaOne WLL systems offer network operators a number of significant advantages. First, the inherent ability of cdmaOne to provide superior capacity is substantially increased in WLL systems. In addition, cdmaOne technology provides unmatched flexibility by supporting fixed, low mobility, and wide area cordless service on the same system. For network operators, this allows implementation of both fixed and mobile service without substantial additional investment and provides an easy path toward service differentiation.
Also, cdmaOne WLL systems offer network operators superior capability for meeting rapid increases in subscriber demand. The simple frequency reuse pattern of cdmaOne allows operators to easily expand the number of cell sites or sectors per cells to accommodate rapid subscriber growth. In addition, the ability to vary sector size dynamically to meet changes in demand provides operators with a powerful tool to maximize both service quality and revenue generation.
The fact that cdmaOne is an open standard creates further advantages for network operators and subscribers alike. For operators, open standards provide interoperability between the network infrastructure and the terminal equipment of various manufacturers. Thus, there is no risk of being captive to only one equipment vendor as is the case with proprietary WLL systems.
"In addition, the economies of scale that are now inherent in the production of cdmaOne equipment also benefits operators and consumers," added LaForge. "With significant volume already achieved in cdmaOne network equipment and terminals for mobile systems, cdmaOne WLL equipment will enjoy significant cost advantages compared to equipment based on other wireless standards."
The CDG also has a WLL team, formed to champion cdmaOne as the worldwide wireless solution for providing wireline equivalent voice and data services, plus mobile voice, data and messaging services to both fixed and mobile users on a single, intelligent network. The CDG's WLL team's next meeting is scheduled for January 6, 1998, in San Diego, California. For more information on the Group's WLL activities, please contact the CDG at 1-888-800-CDMA.
Table I lists currently available cdmaOne WLL product lines from CDG member companies.
Table II details information on current cdmaOne WLL deployments around the world.