Mexico Prepares to Deploy Nationwide cdmaOne Networks
cdmaOne Completes Dominant Position in North America
COSTA MESA, Calif., June 1, 1998 Completing the dominant position of cdmaOne in North America, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that cdmaOne has captured Mexicos personal communications services (PCS) and wireless local loop (WLL) markets. Plans to deploy nationwide Mexican cdmaOne networks to a population of more than 94 million potential subscribers are underway with commercial service in major cities expected by first quarter, 1999.
"Mexicos overwhelming acceptance of cdmaOne is indicative of the technologys increasingly dominant position in the Americas," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "It simply makes sense for Mexicos telecommunications industry to adopt cdmaOne, especially since the technology offers WLL network operators the ability to provide superior capacity, unmatched flexibility and an easy path toward service differentiation. Furthermore, it is a natural synergy for Mexican telecoms as NAFTA participants, given cdmaOnes overall North American dominance."
Mexicos latest nationwide network is being built-out by the Pegaso Comunicaciones y Sistemas consortium. The consortium cinched up nine licenses to provide nationwide PCS and WLL services. This consortium joins Baja Cellular and GTE Wireless in providing cdmaOne services in Mexico. The increasing presence of cdmaOne in Mexico allows for seamless roaming throughout North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) signatory nations Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Mexico is a key developing market in global telecommunications. Only one in 10 Mexican citizens currently has telephone service, a telecom density of 10 percent, according to the Yankee Group. Given Mexicos recent economic strength during the past few years, the countrys telecommunications market is ripe for development. cdmaOne provides the best solution for PCS services and quick and superior WLL rollout for all markets.