CDG CONGRATULATES CHINA UNICOM ON EXPANSION OF CDMA2000 NETWORK
CDMA2000 1X Network Enables High-speed Multimedia Applications and High-quality Voice Services
COSTA MESA, Calif., Jan. 20, 2004 —The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) congratulates China Unicom on its announced expansion of CDMA2000® 1X service to Beijing and 12 other provinces, including Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Herbei, Jiangxi, Jilin, Shanxi and Xinjiang. The phase III expansion project China Unicom is slated for completion at the end of March.
“China offers a tremendous opportunity for the CDMA community, and we congratulate China Unicom in following through on their vision of providing high-speed multimedia services and wireless applications to its customers,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “Today’s announcement further demonstrates the CDMA industry’s commitment to the region and to bringing the most advanced and robust communication solutions, based on CDMA2000 wireless technology, to market.”
In a ceremony held in Washington, D.C., during the U.S.-China Seminar on Prospects for Cooperation in Telecom and IT, China Unicom signed agreements with Ericsson, Lucent Technologies, Motorola and Nortel Networks to expand its CDMA2000 network, providing subscribers with high-quality voice and high-speed data services. With the expansion, China Unicom will increase its network capacity to support more than 50 million customers, offering coverage nationwide.
“Ericsson is honored to be selected by China Unicom for the company’s CDMA2000 network expansion,” said Åke Persson, president of Ericsson CDMA System. “We are dedicated to supporting China Unicom as it brings widespread availability of cutting-edge wireless services based on CDMA2000 to the region.”
“The demand for advanced, next-generation mobile voice and data services in China continues to grow rapidly,” said Jason Chi, president of Lucent Technologies China. “Lucent is committed to responding with the most innovative CDMA2000 solutions that will equip China Unicom to meet these demands today and tomorrow.”
“With CDMA2000, subscribers on China Unicom’s network will have access to high-quality services with the latest applications,” said Simon Leung, senior vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific, Global Telecom Solutions Sector, Motorola, Inc. “Motorola looks forward to working closely with China Unicom in ensuring a seamless network expansion.”
Steve Searles, vice president, CDMA Market Strategy, Nortel Networks, said, “Nortel Networks is pleased to be a part of China Unicom’s CDMA2000 expansion. We are committed to the region and to ensuring the widespread availability of high-quality CDMA2000 wireless services to the market’s subscribers.”
China Unicom, the world’s third-largest wireless service provider, launched cdmaOne™ in January 2002 and reached more than 19 million users at the end of 2003. The operator introduced CDMA2000 in March 2003 under the brand name “U-Max,” which supports a broad range of advanced applications including MMS, wireless Internet and location services.
Today, more than 82 commercial CDMA2000 networks are deployed on six continents and 45 major suppliers offer more than 450 different CDMA2000 mobile phones and devices around the world. CDMA2000 topped more than 75 million subscribers at the end of 2003.
More information on CDMA2000 is available on the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.
About the CDG
The CDMA Development Group is a trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of CDMA technologies. The more than 100 member companies of the CDG include many of the world’s largest wireless carriers 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.
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