Growth Indicative of Continued Demand for
LAS VEGAS, March 20, 2001 -- During this week's Cellular
Telecommunications and Internet Association's (CTIA) Wireless
2001 show in Las Vegas, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org),
today announced that code division multiple access (CDMA)
continues to penetrate the global wireless market with more
than 80 million subscribers as of December 2000. According
to Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG, "Opportunities
for the CDMA community are increasing with 3G service deployment
in the Americas and additional Asia Pacific regions on the
Furthering its trend of significant growth
with a 193 percent year growth, Latin American CDMA subscribers
now total 15 million. The Asia Pacific region continues to
lead, showing a 28 percent yearly growth and bringing the
technology's subscriber reach to more than 35 million. North
America, which includes the United States and Canada, also
demonstrated strong growth in 2000, increasing 74 percent
and now covering nearly 29 million.
LaForge said, "In 2000, CDMA growth was primarily driven
by global operators' ability to deliver quality services.
Now, looking ahead, we expect to see this growth continue
its upward momentum with the widespread availability of advanced
features such as wireless Internet and data access. We also
expect to see a significant increase in subscribers this year
with the continued deployment of 3G services, as well as commercial
service availability in China."
CDMA provides mobile operators and manufacturers the ability
to offer a variety of value-added services today, such as
wireless Internet and information services. In addition, CDMA
technology benefits wireless consumers with industry-leading
in-building penetration, longer battery talk and standby time,
increased privacy and better security.