WIRELESS CONSUMERS ACCESS 3G SERVICES WITH 200 COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE CDMA2000 DEVICES
CDMA2000 Enables Live Broadcasts, Streaming Video,
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 16, 2002 - The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org),
today reported that there are 200 commercially available CDMA2000 devices providing
consumers access to a wide array of 3G services. They feature the most advanced
functionality such as high-resolution color displays, cameras, GPS and voice
recognition, and support the latest high-speed 3G applications including video,
picture transfers and audio streaming.
CDMA2000 devices include handsets, PDAs and wireless modems, and are supplied
by more than 30 leading manufacturers such as AnyDATA, Audiovox, Ericsson, GTRAN
Wireless, Hitachi, Hyundai CURITEL, Kyocera, LG Electronics, LG Infocomm, Motorola,
Nokia, Novatel Wireless, Samsung, Sanyo, Sierra Wireless, SK Teletech, Sony
Ericsson and WaveCom.
Today, CDMA2000 devices are available in 450 MHz, 800 MHz, 1700 MHz and 1900
MHz frequencies for markets in Asia, the Americas and Europe, and several vendors
have already committed to supplying 2100 MHz phones in the near future.
Economies of scale driven by the wide adoption of CDMA2000 are already benefiting
operators and consumers. Wholesale prices have dropped more than 57% since 2000.
Analysts expect that prices will fall below $100 in 2003, and by 2004 they will
be competitive with handset prices for any 2G technology.
An additional advantage of CDMA2000 is backward compatibility with cdmaOne,
which translates into a better experience for consumers and greater flexibility
for cdmaOne operators in migrating to 3G. Furthermore, all CDMA2000 handsets
for 800 MHz are dual-mode CDMA-AMPS, a significant benefit for a large base
of operators in the Americas who have AMPS coverage.
"The availability of a wide range of low-priced devices has been a key
factor for the commercial success of CDMA2000." said Perry LaForge, executive
director of the CDG. "CDMA2000 has the largest number of manufacturers
and the broadest selection of phones available of any advanced technology. With
such strong support, we expect that CDMA2000 will continue to lead in 3G and
the delivery of the most advanced services to the consumer."
For more information on 3G CDMA2000 devices and a complete listing of manufacturers,
please visit the CDG's 3G Product Pavilion at www.cdg.org.
The CDMA Development Group is a nonprofit trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of cdmaOneTM and CDMA2000. The 113 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.