Fastest Growing Wireless Technology Hits 16 Million Worldwide Subscribers; CDMA Continues to be Most Dominant Standard in North America with 4.5 Million Subscribers
Orlando, Fla., Sept. 23, 1998 -- Demonstrating unprecedented growth by more than tripling its worldwide subscriber count since last year, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that cdmaOne subscribers will reach 16 million globally at the end of the third quarter. With 4.5 million subscribers in North America, the region now comprises twenty-eight percent of the worldwide total, up from twenty percent at this point last year. The CDG projects worldwide subscribers to surpass 19 million by the end of 1998.
Today's announcement was made by Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG, at the Personal Communications Showcase, PCS '98, in the Orange County Convention Center, September 23-25, 1998.
"The cdmaOne worldwide subscriber count continues to
grow at a staggering pace -- we've tripled our subscriber
base over the past year. In North America alone, we've experienced
a six fold growth rate with total subscribers in the region
today exceeding last year's worldwide count," said LaForge.
"At the Third Annual CDMA World Congress just a few months
ago, we predicted 15 million worldwide cdmaOne subscribers
by this time, so we've even exceeded our own predictions."
"Global operators continue to voice their commitment to deploying cdmaOne due to the technology's inherent ability to provide 3G-like services today including high speed data, email and fax capabilities," concluded LaForge.