cdmaOne Worldwide Subscriber Base Continues Phenomenal Growth
Dallas Convention Center
CDMA Development Group Announces Significant Rise in North America and Worldwide cdmaOne Subscribers at PCS '97 in Dallas
DALLAS-- Sept. 10, 1997--At a news conference at the Personal Communications Showcase (PCS '97) trade show in Dallas, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) Wednesday announced a significant rise in cdmaOne subscriber numbers in North America and around the world.
cdmaOne is the global technology brand for the family of products and services based on the IS-95 CDMA air interface standard, including cellular, PCS and wireless local loop networks.
Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG, explained that cdmaOne has clearly emerged as a leading wireless technology around the world. "Today, there are approximately 900,000 cdmaOne subscribers in North America in over 100 cities.
"Worldwide, cdmaOne subscribers total more than 4.25 million, with expected growth to approximately 6 million by the end of this year. Since June 1997, when we reported 3.25 million subscribers worldwide, the number of cdmaOne subscribers around the globe has grown by nearly 30 percent.
"This significant growth underscores the dominant position of cdmaOne in North America and the rapidly increasing acceptance of the technology worldwide," added LaForge. "We expect the growth of worldwide subscriber numbers to accelerate in the next year due to three major causes.
"First, the rollout of cdmaOne PCS networks in Canada and the continuing buildout of PCS systems in the United States will boost subscriber numbers in North America.
"Second, the planned launch in 1998 of cdmaOne cellular service in Japan and PCS service in Korea will result in a huge increase in subscribers in Asia.
"Third, the launch of cdmaOne Wireless Local Loop (WLL) networks in Brazil, India, Russia and other developing nations will bring the superior call quality of cdmaOne to an entirely new group of subscribers.
"Based on the number of cellular, PCS and WLL deployments currently under way or planned, some analysts are predicting that cdmaOne subscriber numbers worldwide may total 50-60 million by the year 2000."
LaForge was accompanied by senior executives from six major cdmaOne system operators, including ALLTEL, Ameritech, BC TEL Mobility, Centennial, GTE Wireless, and PrimeCo. The carriers discussed the success of their cdmaOne wireless networks, and reinforced the fact that cdmaOne service blankets the entire United States in terms of population and geography. The CDMA Development Group is a nonprofit trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of cdmaOne. The 80 member companies of the CDG include many of the world's largest wireless operators and equipment manufacturers.
The primary activities of the CDG include development of cdmaOne features and services, public relations, education and seminars, regulatory affairs and international support. Currently there are more than 500 individuals working within various CDG subcommittees on cdmaOne-related matters.