HONG KONG REGULATOR RECOMMENDS CDMA2000 FOR 800 MHZ
Deployment of CDMA2000 will Offer Advanced Services to Users and Enhance Hong Kong’s Status as a Mobile Services Hub in Asia
COSTA MESA, Calif., March 30, 2004 – The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) commented today on the Hong Kong Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) recommendation of CDMA2000® technology for the 800 MHz band in its recent Consultation on Licensing of Mobile Services on Expiry of Existing Licenses for Second Generation Mobile Services. Based on market analysis and comments submitted to the October 2003 consultation, OFTA concluded that CDMA2000 is the best wireless technology to promote the introduction of innovative services and applications to the Hong Kong market, and enhance Hong Kong’s status as a premier hub for travel and business in Asia.
“We believe that CDMA2000 will provide many benefits and opportunities to the Hong Kong market,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “CDMA2000 is the leading 3G platform worldwide and delivers the most advanced services to users and incremental revenues to operators. In addition, it will stimulate competition and open Hong Kong to millions of CDMA2000 users from around the world who travel there every year to enjoy the advanced services to which they have become accustomed.”
CDMA2000 leads in 3G deployments globally with 85 commercial networks in 40 countries across six continents. There are over 75 million CDMA2000 users which represent a 97 percent share of the 3G market, and close to 40 percent of the global CDMA subscriber base uses CDMA2000. 4.4 million subscribers experience advanced CDMA2000 1xEV-DO wireless data access at peak speeds of up to 2.4 Mbps. Nearly 500 CDMA2000 device models are commercially available today.
Asia-Pacific is the largest and fastest-growing region for CDMA with 78.3 million users and a 43 percent annual growth rate. The explosive growth of CDMA is being fueled by phenomenal uptake in countries such as China and India. There are over 20 million CDMA subscribers in China alone.
Asia is also the most advanced market for CDMA2000. There are 18 CDMA2000 and five CDMA2000 1xEV-DO commercial networks in 12 countries servicing 46.3 million CDMA2000 users or 60 percent of the total CDMA subscribers in the region. Demand for CDMA2000 1xEV-DO services is growing exponentially; the number of users increased from 174,000 at the end of 2002 to 4.38 million in December 2003.
Operators are experiencing phenomenal results with CDMA2000. In Korea, SK Telecom’s CDMA2000 1xEV-DO base represents 25 percent of its CDMA2000 users. In Japan, because of the high demand for its “au” services, KDDI has continually captured market share from its competitors.
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. For more information about the CDG, contact the CDG News Bureau at +1-714-540-1030, or visit the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.
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