CDMA2000® LEADS 3G DEPLOYMENTS IN LATIN AMERICA
Carriers Provide Voice and High-Speed Data Services Throughout the Region
Florianopolis, Brazil, October 26, 2004 – In a presentation at Futurecom, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) today highlighted the rapid expansion of CDMA2000® and the benefits that the technology brings to operators and consumers in Latin America and the Caribbean. CDMA2000 was the first IMT-2000 technology deployed in the region and today, there are 27 operators in 16 countries with commercial networks, including 5 operators who have launched CDMA2000 1xEV-DO high-speed data services. There are more than 35 million CDMA subscribers in the region and at least 15-20% of them use CDMA2000 technologies.
“The success story of CDMA2000 technologies in Latin America and around the world is how it has improved lives of users and created new opportunities for operators.” said Celedonio von Wuthenau, regional director for Latin America, CDMA Development Group. “To consumers, CDMA2000 brings quality voice, advanced data services and access to the Internet, and to operators it offers greater network efficiencies, new market opportunities and higher revenues.”
VIVO, Brazil was the first operator to deploy a CDMA2000 network in Latin America in December 2001. Today, CDMA2000 networks operate in Argentina, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, U.S. Virgin Islands and Venezuela. Many operators in the region are now migrating to CDMA2000 1xEV-DO which delivers average data speeds of 300-600 kbps, the fastest of any commercial wireless technology. BellSouth (Guatemala), SmartComm PCS (Chile), Verizon Wireless (Puerto Rico) and Vesper in Brazil, already have commercial 1xEV-DO networks, VIVO has launched pilot services and 8 additional operators are deploying it throughout the region.
CDMA2000 is an ideal platform for Latin America. It offers operators the capacity to meet the growing demand for voice services, a cost-effective solution to expand telecommunication services to underserved areas and high-speed data to introduce advanced wireless services as well as broadband access to the Internet. One of the greatest advantages of CDMA2000 for Latin American is that it allows operators to introduce IMT-2000 (3G) services in their existing spectrum allocation (800 MHz and 1900 MHz). This gives them a significant investment savings and puts them years ahead of the competition.
About CDMA2000: 100 Million & Growing
There are more than 124 million people across all continents using CDMA2000 technologies. 97 operators in 46 countries worldwide offer CDMA2000 services, and 36 more will launch in the coming months. More than 680 CDMA2000 devices have been introduced to the market. CDMA2000 1xEV-DO is leading in the deployment of 3G broadband networks worldwide, with 13 commercial networks, 18 additional systems to be deployed this year, and an established subscriber base of 10 million users. There are 87 models of 1xEV-DO devices commercially available today.
About the CDG
The CDMA Development Group is a trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of CDMA technologies. The 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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