CDMA TECHNOLOGY EXCEEDS 127 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS WORLDWIDE
CDMA2000 Captures 99 Percent of 3G Market
COSTA MESA, Calif., Sept. 3, 2002 - The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) today reported that there were more than 127 million CDMA subscribers at the end of the second quarter of 2002 and 15 million 3G CDMA2000 subscribers worldwide as of July 2002. Over the past year, CDMA subscribers grew by 32 percent, while the CDMA2000 base increased nearly 21 times.
"The CDG is very pleased to see another quarter of strong growth for CDMA and the phenomenal advancements of CDMA2000," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "We anticipate this growth will continue with the expansion of a number of markets and the rapid adoption of CDMA2000."
CDMA is the leading technology in North America. With 55.3 million subscribers, CDMA increased its market share from 43 to 47 percent. In Latin America, the number of CDMA subscribers grew by more than 40 percent in the past year, reaching 24 million in 15 countries.
The 3G CDMA2000 base has nearly doubled in the past four months and is now growing at a rate of 1.8 million per month. With 99 percent market share, CDMA2000 dominates 3G today. The adoption rate of the technology is especially impressive in Asia: In Korea, 38 percent of subscribers use CDMA2000 technology and in Japan, KDDI has signed on 1.67 million CDMA2000 customers in only five months. KDDI adds on average 10,000 new CDMA2000 subscribers a day, and expects to have seven million, or 40 percent of their base, using 3G services by March 2003.
During the first seven months of 2002, 11 CDMA2000 networks were launched in Asia and the Americas bringing the total number of CDMA2000 service providers to 18. As industry-leading operators accelerate plans to deploy 3G networks, CDMA2000 is expected to remain a leader in the delivery of 3G services.
Subscriber statistics and CDMA2000 deployment information are available on the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.