147 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS WORLDWIDE ACCESS ADVANCED WIRELESS SERVICES USING CDMA TECHNOLOGIES
The Number of CDMA2000 Users Reaches 33 Million
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NEW ORLEANS, March 17, 2003 - The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) today reported that a record-breaking 12 million users signed up for CDMA services in the fourth quarter of 2002, bringing the total number of CDMA subscribers to nearly 147 million, including 33 million 3G CDMA2000 users. CDMA was the fastest growing wireless technology in 2002, with a 32 percent increase in the subscriber base, compared to 24 percent for the overall industry. Today there are 130 CDMA networks in commercial operation on five continents.
"CDMA continues to advance rapidly and this strong performance is indicative of the technology's leading position in the emerging markets for wireless voice and data communications, especially in key areas such as Asia and the Americas," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "The CDG expects to see this expansion continue, driven by tremendous demand for wireless services in India, China and Latin America, additional deployments of CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO and growing consumer interest in 3G."
With 89 million users, the Americas are the biggest market for CDMA. It continues to dominate North America with 62 million subscribers representing 44 percent of all users in the U.S. and Canada. The Caribbean and Latin America is one of the fastest growing regions for CDMA; in the past year the subscriber base grew by seven million to reach 27 million.
There are 30 CDMA operators in the region, and seven more are scheduled to launch next year.
The expansion of CDMA in China contributed to significant gains in the Asia-Pacific region; more than 13 million CDMA subscribers were added in 2002. Asia has the highest proportion of 3G subscribers, driven mainly by the phenomenal success of CDMA2000 services in Korea and Japan.
The CDMA industry is leading in 3G deployments and subscriber growth. There are 35 CDMA2000 1X and four CDMA2000 1xEV-DO commercial networks in Asia, North and South America, Australia and Europe. CDMA2000 subscribers grew by more than five million in December 2002, adding an average of nearly three million users per month during the fourth quarter. 22 percent of CDMA subscribers are using CDMA2000, and in some markets such as Korea, more than 50 percent of cellular subscribers are 3G.
Subscriber statistics and CDMA2000 deployment information are available on the CDG web site at www.cdg.org.
The CDMA Development Group is a trade association formed to foster the worldwide
development, implementation and use of cdmaOneTM and CDMA2000. 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. The subscriber
numbers in this release are estimates provided by third parties on a quarterly
basis and have not been independently verified by CDG. 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.