CDMA Becomes World's Fastest Wireless Technology to Market
More Than 12 Million cdmaOne Subscribers Worldwide
SINGAPORE, June 23, 1998 -- Coinciding with the Third CDMA World Congress, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that cdmaOne had become the worlds fastest to market wireless technology ever. The statement was made in conjunction with the release of cdmaOne subscriber totals at the Third CDMA World Congress in Singapore. In total, there are more than 12.13 million cdmaOne subscribers to date in 34 countries.
"Its no wonder consumers have made cdmaOne the fastest to market technology ever," said Perry LaForge, executive director, CDG. "It has the best voice quality, the highest battery life, superior in-building penetration and an incredible vending base behind it. Best yet, subscriber numbers are expected to grow exponentially, with approximately 60 million customers by year-end 2000.
"Its presence in every major continent of the world demonstrates its rural strengths as demonstrated by Koreas national cdmaOne WLL footprint," said LaForge. "Urban markets also benefit from cdmaOnes unmatched capacity capabilities."
Customer satisfaction has reflected the subscriber growth of cdmaOne. In a survey done by Japanese carriers IDO and DDI, 80 percent of respondents said that cdmaOne voice quality was "as good or better" than wireline service. In addition, Telecom Asia recently dubbed CDMA the hottest wireless technology in Asia. In the United States, consumer advocates concluded CDMA was superior to competing digital technologies in meeting consumer needs. The advocates cited superior privacy and security, battery-life, voice quality and superior reliability.
Global Operators and Manufacturers Adopt cdmaOne
As a result of CDG member operators and manufacturers efforts, cdmaOne has now outpaced all other rival digital wireless technologies except GSM in total subscriber numbers. Global Systems Mobile (GSM) -- a European standard -- first went to market in 1984. Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) -- a second rival technology -- has been on the market much longer (1992) than cdmaOne, but has failed to attract the same market share.
"Not only has cdmaOne attracted many manufacturers and operators, it has also received the worlds best technological input from those very same manufacturers and operators," said LaForge. "We are dedicated to providing enhanced capabilities that will drive the continuous evolution of cdmaOne. The cdmaOne platform is unequaled in providing migration towards next generation systems."
Contributing to the success of cdmaOne during the past two
and a half years has been several major initiatives. They
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