Recent Wins in China and Continued Progress
in Latin America Indications of the Year Ahead
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COSTA MESA, Calif., Feb. 7, 2000 -Beginning the new
millennium with continued success, the CDMA Development Group
(CDG) today announced that CDMA worldwide subscriber numbers
grew 118 percent in one year, now totaling more than 50 million.
With global consumer use of CDMA technology on the rise, the
year 2000 serves as a milestone for CDMA as it marks the beginning
of an era in which the CDMA community is leading the proliferation
of new wireless applications, devices and services.
"CDMA continues to increase at a record-breaking
pace. Consumers around the world are now enjoying the technology's
advanced capabilities such as wireless Internet and information
services. Manufacturers and operators are reaping the benefits
associated with the introduction of advanced communications
services as seen in North America's CDMA subscriber growth
where wireless and the Internet are becoming synonymous. Similar
is the case in Asia where high-speed data is now readily available
in Japan and Korea," said Perry LaForge, executive director
of the CDG. "With operators conducting 1X trials throughout
the year and commercial deployment in late 2000, CDMA growth
will continue at its unprecedented pace."
Increasing 88 percent, Asia remains the market leader in
overall CDMA subscribers with 28 million. However, North America
demonstrated significant gains, and surpassed Asia's growth
rate increasing 143 percent reaching 16.5 million. Latin America
also showed increased strength with CDMA subscribers totaling
more than five million.
LaForge continued, "The technological superiority of CDMA
is being acknowledged globally with marketplace success. Significant
growth in 2000 is expected in Asia as China begins to deploy
CDMA. We expect significant growth in Latin America as well.
All regions are showing strong growth."