CDG ANNOUNCES ROBUST GROWTH OF CDMA IN LATIN AMERICA
CDMA Leads In Introduction Of Advanced Services In Central And Latin America;
COSTA MESA, Calif., July 8, 2003 - The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) announced today that CDMA continues to expand rapidly in Latin America and it is well positioned to play a major role in the future evolution of wireless services in the region.
Latin America continues to represent one of the fastest growing regions for CDMA. More than 28 million subscribers-or nearly one in four wireless users in the region-use CDMA services. With 36 operators in 19 countries supporting CDMA, the subscriber base in Latin America continues to expand 30% each year.
CDMA has a strong position in all key markets in Latin America. In Brazil, Vivo, the largest operator in the region, holds more than 50% of the market; and CDMA operators in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela dominate with national coverage and a large subscriber base.
"It's no surprise that CDMA continues its momentum in Latin America given the technology's leading position for wireless voice and data communications," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "In fact, CDMA leads the region in the introduction of advanced services and will continue to dominate the Latin American 3G market."
CDMA carriers in Latin America now operate 19 next-generation CDMA2000 networks, with four more networks scheduled for launch by the end of 2003. CDMA2000 is the only 3G technology commercially deployed in Central and Latin America.
Latin American CDMA operators are also capitalizing on the high-speed data capabilities of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, a spectrally efficient technology optimized for data services that provides a peak data rate of 2.4 Mbps. It offers "always on" access to the Internet and Intranets at speeds comparable with fixed-line broadband solutions. Brazilian operators Brasil Telecom and Vesper have already launched commercial CDMA2000 1xEV-DO systems.
For many TDMA operators in the region, CDMA2000 has become the 3G technology of choice. Leading carriers such as BellSouth International and Movilnet are transitioning from their existing TDMA systems to CDMA2000, benefiting from the technology's quick path to four-fold voice capacity, improved network performance and differentiated high-speed data services.
A strong base of cdmaOne carriers and a large number of TDMA operators are committed to deploying CDMA2000. By the end of 2003, 23 CDMA2000 networks in 14 countries are expected to be commercial. Some analysts estimate that the number of CDMA2000 subscribers in Latin America will outnumber by a factor of three all other 3G technologies combined throughout this decade.
The CDG is hosting the 2nd Annual CDMA Latin America Regional Conference in Rio de Janeiro, August 13-14. The conference will focus on the benefits of CDMA2000 in providing innovative, revenue-generating services and applications. Wireless operators Brasil Telecom, Korea Telecom Freetel, SK Telecom (Korea), Sprint (U.S.), Verizon Wireless (U.S.) and Vivo will share their knowledge and experiences in deploying CDMA2000 with an audience of regional carriers, equipment vendors, content providers, application developers, media and analysts at the one and a half day event. Operators and press may attend at no charge. For more information on the CDMA Latin American Regional Conference, please visit the CDG's Web site located at http://www.cdg.org.
The CDMA Development Group is a nonprofit trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of CDMA technologies. 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.
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