Subscriber Growth, 3G Commercial Deployments and Roaming
Agreements Indicative of CDMA Global Success
COSTA MESA, Calif. July 24, 2001 - - In its semi-annual
update on the global status of CDMA technology, the CDMA Development
Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) today announced that 2001 has delivered
rapid subscriber growth, the commercial deployment of two
additional third-generation (3G) CDMA2000 networks and expansion
of worldwide roaming cooperation.
During the first quarter of 2001, CDMA
subscribers reached 90 million worldwide, a 58% increase since
last year. CDMA was the fastest growing technology in the
Americas with nearly 60 million subscribers. The second half
of the year should bring even higher growth, as Telecom New
Zealand began migrating its subscriber base to CDMA services
this month, and China Unicom will launch its CDMA network
in October with the potential to serve 15 million subscribers.
The first half of 2001 marked the commercial deployment of
two additional 3G CDMA2000 networks in Korea, by LG Telecom
in April and KT Freetel in May. Today, over 400,000 subscribers
from SK Telecom, LG Telecom and KT Freetel are enjoying multimedia
services such as video-on-demand delivered at 144Kbps. Nine
additional operators in countries representing 2.12 billion
potential subscribers are set to launch 3G CDMA2000 services
by year's end.
"The rapid growth of CDMA subscriber numbers is indicative
of the superior voice quality, coverage and capacity offered
by the technology," said Perry LaForge, executive director
of the CDG. "The CDMA community has achieved several
historic landmarks this year including the deployment of the
world's second and third 3G networks in Korea. The upcoming
months are also very promising as other regions of the world
will soon have access to 3G services with CDMA2000."
Another highlight of 2001 was the signing of international
roaming memoranda of understanding (MoU) between China Unicom
and thirteen CDMA operators representing nine countries worldwide.
"The CDG and its members applaud the efforts of the
global operator community for their roaming cooperation efforts.
Roaming is a key area of concentration for us this year. We
expect to see further advancements in this area, both for
voice and data in the near term," said LaForge.