CDMA Penetration in North America and Asia is on the
Latin America Shows Strong Subscriber Growth
COSTA MESA, Calif., May 22, 2002 - The CDMA Development
Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) today announced that there were
more than 120 million CDMA subscribers worldwide at the end
of the first quarter of 2002; of the 120 million, nearly eight
million were using CDMA2000 1X, the leading 3G technology.
The CDMA subscriber base has grown by 30 million, or 33 percent
in the past year.
"CDMA continues to expand rapidly
around the world and is leading in 3G adoption," said
Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "The upcoming
months look very promising for CDMA, and we expect to see
a significant increase in subscribers with the continued commercial
deployment of 3G CDMA2000 services."
The largest CDMA subscriber base was in North America, where
there were nearly 53 million users, representing more than
60 percent of the total number of subscribers in the region.
Latin America reached more than 22 million subscribers, a
39 percent growth over the past year, and CDMA penetration
in Asia grew to nearly 44 million subscribers.
CDMA2000 subscribers are growing at a rate of more than one
million per month and, in March, they accounted for more than
98 percent of the total number of 3G subscribers in the world.
With additional deployments planned this year, CDMA2000 will
continue to lead in delivering 3G.