Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2001
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, Calif.
CDG CELEBRATES ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF CDMA2000 COMMERCIAL
More Than 1.5 Million Users Today Access 3G Services
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 1, 2001 - The CDMA Development Group
(CDG) (www.cdg.org) today celebrates the first anniversary
of commercial deployment of CDMA2000, an International Telecommunication
Union- (ITU) approved 3G standard. SK Telecom and LG Telecom
of Korea launched their CDMA2000 networks last October, and
KT Freetel of Korea rolled out its services in April of this
year. Fifteen additional operators worldwide will deploy CDMA2000
services in the next six months.
Today, there are more than 1.5 million
CDMA2000 subscribers in Korea and this number will grow exponentially
in the coming months. In two years, analysts forecast that
70 percent of Korea's subscribers could be using CDMA2000.
The advanced services powered by CDMA2000, such as full-color
video, Internet broadcasts and animation, generate 40 percent
more revenue for operators. Additionally, there are 24 different
handsets available now and more will be released in the upcoming
"The commercial success of CDMA2000 is very positive
for the industry and proves that 3G can deliver on its promise,"
said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "CDMA2000
was the first to market with 3G services. It leads in the
market today and will continue to dominate in coming years
as more operators launch their networks around the world and
more products and services become available."
One of the key advantages of CDMA2000 is its spectrum and
standard flexibility. CDMA2000 can be deployed in existing
cellular or PCS bands not only by cdmaOne operators
but by TDMA, analog, GSM and newly licensed 3G carriers as
well. And, CDMA2000 requires only 1.25MHz of spectrum so operators
can introduce 3G services while preserving most of the network
capacity for the core voice services. CDMA2000 1X, the technology
deployed today, supports data speeds of up to 144kbps and
doubles network capacity. The next generations of CDMA2000
will bring even greater data speeds and capacity improvements,
allowing support of more advanced multimedia services. For
example, the recently recognized CDMA2000 1xEV-DO standard
will deliver applications at 2.4Mbps and will be commercially
launched in the middle of next year.