CDMA2000 MOMENTUM CONTINUES WITH SPRINT'S U.S. NATIONWIDE WIRELESS LAUNCH
Sprint Coast-to-coast Roll Out Underscores CDMA2000 Dominant 3G Position Worldwide
COSTA MESA, Calif., Aug. 12, 2002 - The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) today announced that Sprint's (NYSE: FON, PCS) recent nationwide 3G network roll out further strengthens CDMA2000 as the dominant global 3G technology. The new 3G-enabled network allows Sprint to offer U.S. wireless subscribers advanced applications such as gaming, messaging and digital imaging at speeds up to 144 Kbps.
"Sprint's nationwide deployment of CDMA2000 illustrates our pledge to offer subscribers the most clarity they can see and hear," said Charles E. Levine, president, PCS division, Sprint. "Today's subscribers want to do more with their mobile phones, which is why we chose CDMA from the beginning for our all-digital network. CDMA2000 is a worldwide success with its ability to allow operators to run compelling applications and high-quality voice services on a vast number of 3G-enabled devices."
"The CDG congratulates Sprint on its nationwide 3G roll out in North America," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "CDMA2000 is the only 3G technology commercially available today in the Americas, and dominates globally. Sprint and all other CDMA2000 operators are setting the stage for what is quickly becoming a 3G-based voice and data communications world."
CDMA2000 offers seamless migration and spectrum efficiencies making it economically appealing for all operators looking to provide 3G services regardless of their existing technology choice. In addition, CDMA2000 doubles the voice capacity of already efficient 2G CDMA networks. For TDMA operators, CDMA2000 offers four to six times more capacity than their existing systems which is particularly beneficial for Latin American operators who will need to upgrade their networks to meet growing demand for wireless services in their markets.
CDMA2000 has been commercially available for nearly two years. The first CDMA2000 1X system was launched in Korea in the Fall of 2000. Today there are 17 commercial 3G CDMA2000 networks with a subscriber base of more than 13 million throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe. There are more than 124 devices providing wireless users access to 3G applications including multimedia messaging, full-color music videos, camera and motion video functionality, Internet broadcasts and animation downloaded at up to 144 Kbps.
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, commercially deployed by KT Freetel and SK Telecom in Korea, allows mobile users to experience the mobile Internet and rich multimedia applications at data speeds up to 2.4 Mbps-more than six times the speed of competing 3G systems.
The CDMA Development Group is a nonprofit trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of cdmaOne and CDMA2000. The 110 member companies of the CDG include many of the world's largest wireless operators and equipment manufacturers. The primary activities of the CDG include development of CDMA features and services, public relations, education and seminars, regulatory affairs and international support. Currently, there are more than 500 individuals working within various CDG subcommittees on CDMA-related matters. For more information about the CDG, contact Valerie Christopherson of the CDG News Bureau at +1-714-540-1030, ext. 14, e-mail email@example.com, or visit the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.
***cdmaOne is a trademark of the CDG
** Editor's Note: CDMA2000 Deployments
*** SK Telecom launched CDMA2000 1xEV-DO on Jan. 28, 2002
**** KTF launched CDMA2000 1xEV-DO on May 8, 2002