cdmaOne Latin American Subscriber Growth Increases Nearly 1200 Percent in One Year cdmaOne TM Remains the Fastest Growing Wireless Standard in History
Costa Mesa, CA, Sept. 1, 1999 -- The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that cdmaOne subscriber growth in Latin America and the Caribbean has increased nearly 1200 percent in one year, now totaling more than 1.8 million subscribers. With commitments to cdmaOne from more than 28 operators, the technology now has presence in 12 Latin American countries, and the CDG expects significant expansion in the region in the year ahead. cdmaOne now reaches nearly 35 million global subscribers.
"Latin America is positioned to be a major growth market for cdmaOne in the next year. With a Latin American office and an active member interest group, the CDG is committed to Latin America and the continued deployment of cdmaOne in the region," said Perry LaForge, executive director for the CDG. "Latin American wireless subscribers also stand to benefit from cdmaOne technology’s escalating North American presence, which will fuel international roaming agreements between the two continents and beyond."
cdmaOne offers Latin American operators distinct advantages over other digital technologies, including increased capacity in large urban centers, superior voice quality and value-added services that differentiate it from other technologies such as high speed Internet and information access on 2G networks. cdmaOne also offers a cost-effective solution for operators that are building new networks through its seamless evolution path to 3G.
cdmaOne subscriber growth also skyrocketed in Europe, the
Middle East and Africa with a 4685 percent increase. Asia
continues to drive cdmaOne subscriber growth with a 138 percent
increase, bringing the region’s total to more than 20 million.
North America, consisting of the United States and Canada,
increased 205 percent, adding seven million subscribers this