cdmaOne North America Subscriber Growth Increases 187 Percent In One Year;
Global Reach Nearing 42 Million
World's Fastest Growing Wireless Standard Continues Momentum
Costa Mesa, CA, November 15, 1999 -- The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that cdmaOne subscriber growth continues to increase at a record-breaking pace with almost 13 million North American subscribers, an increase of 187 percent from September 1998 to September 1999. Around the world, nearly 42 million subscribers use cdmaOne . Latin America experienced a 964 percent increase in the one-year time period and Asia continues to lead in subscriber numbers with almost 25 million. The CDG is the trade association facilitating the global development and implementation of cdmaOne and third generation (3G) CDMA wireless offerings.
"cdmaOne subscriber growth clearly reflects that CDMA is the technology of choice for existing communications demands, such as high-quality voice and wireless Internet and information services," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "Additionally, cdmaOne continues to enjoy strong global support with new deployments this year in Australia and Japan, as well as across the Latin American region and Eastern European countries."
Latin America again demonstrated strong cdmaOne subscriber growth, reaching more than three million subscribers as of September 1999. With nearly 25 million subscribers, Asia's cdmaOne subscriber figures escalated from June 1999 to September 1999, increasing by nearly five million within the three-month time period. Europe, the Middle East and Africa cdmaOne subscriber numbers also demonstrated strong growth, increasing 2362 percent.
"We expect to exceed our 1999 goal of 50 million subscribers," added LaForge. "Prime areas of growth for CDMA in the next year will stem from the technology's ability to enable wireless Internet and information services today, while meeting tomorrow's requirements and providing the evolution path to the future."
The CDMA Development Group is a non-profit trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of CDMA. The 100 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 and IMT-2000 CDMA features and services, public relations, education and seminars, regulatory affairs and international support. Currently, there are more than 500 individuals working within CDG subcommittees on second and third generation CDMA matters. For more information about the CDG, contact Christine Bock of the CDG News Bureau at +1-714-540-1030, ext. 11, e-mail email@example.com, or visit the CDG Web site at http://www.cdg.org.