GLOBAL CDMA COMMUNITY URGES ANATEL TO SUPPORT SECONDARY ALLOCATION IN THE 1.9 GHz BAND FOR MOBILE SERVICES
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COSTA MESA, Calif., April 7, 2003 - The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) announced today that it sent a letter to Luis Guilherme Schymura de Oliveira, president of Anatel, urging Anatel to act consistently with Resolution 314 and allow a secondary allocation for mobile services in the 1.9 GHz band in Brazil. The letter to the Brazilian regulator was endorsed by leading service providers and manufacturer member companies from around the world.
"The CDG has consistently supported flexible policies that allow operators to determine how to use their spectrum most efficiently without mandating a specific technology," said Perry LaForge, executive director for the CDG. "Anatel has been a strong advocate of such policies in the past, which helped to establish Brazil as a leading market for advanced wireless services in the region and as a major exporter of telecommunications equipment. We urge Anatel to continue to create and maintain regulatory policies that permit operators the flexibility to provide affordable and advanced mobile services to Brazilian consumers."
The CDG cites two examples of how Brazil has benefited from the flexible policies adopted by Anatel in the past. First, because Anatel allowed wireless services providers to upgrade their networks within their current spectrum, Brazil was the first market in Latin America to deploy advanced services based on the IMT-2000 (3G) standard. Second, the auctions of the 800 MHz band for SMC services, in which operators were able to choose which technology to deploy, raised U.S. $14 billion - almost 14 times the amount of the SMP auctions when operators had no technology choice, and stimulated an additional U.S. $15 billion investment in local manufacturing capabilities. As a result of these investments, Brazil has become a major exporter of TDMA and CDMA equipment to North and South America.
Resolution 314 was adopted after an extensive public consultation process last year, and gives operators the option of using a secondary allocation for mobile services in the 1.9 GHz band. However, when Vésper and Brasil Telecom applied earlier this year for authorization to use these frequencies to provide advanced mobile telecommunications services to their customers, their requests were denied.
"The CDG firmly supports Vésper and Brazil Telecom's requests to provide mobile services in accordance with Resolution 314," continued LaForge. "Regulatory consistency must be maintained as it fosters market confidence and continued investments."
The CDMA Development Group is a 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. CDMA is the fastest growing technology worldwide with more than 147 million subscribers, and according to market analysts, will continue to expand faster than other standards. CDMA2000 dominates the IMT-2000 (3G) market today and will continue to lead throughout this decade. There are 46 CDMA2000 networks on six continents with nearly 37 million subscribers adding more than three million users per month. In Latin America, CDMA is one of the dominant technologies with 30 operators in 15 countries and 27 million subscribers. Brazil is the largest CDMA market in the region with 13 million subscribers and more than U.S. $9 billion in investments from operators and infrastructure providers. CDMA operators such as BrasilCel and Vésper offer the most advanced services in Brazil today with CDMA2000 1X and CDMA2000 1x-EV-DO.
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