CDMA2000 CARRIERS WORLDWIDE CONTINUE TO LEAD IN ADVANCED WIRELESS SERVICES
CDMA2000 Demonstrates Benefits of 3G to Users and Operators
MIAMI, September 29, 2004 – At the 2004 CDMA Americas Congress today, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) is highlighting advancements in CDMA2000® deployments and operators’ successes in providing advanced 3G services to customers across all markets.
“CDMA2000 is the leading 3G technology, with nearly 100 operators worldwide and 94 percent share of the market,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “The rapid expansion and acceptance of CDMA2000 services and the positive returns they generate are a testimony to the benefits that the technology offers to users and operators. The success of CDMA2000 demonstrates the tremendous opportunities for 3G CDMA technologies in the coming years.”
There are nearly 124 million CDMA2000 subscribers worldwide, and the number of users is growing at 4 million per month. 94 carriers in 47 countries on six continents are operating CDMA2000 networks today, with an additional 34 networks scheduled for deployment this year. More than 650 CDMA2000 devices, including 88 1xEV-DO models, manufactured by 57 vendors are available on the market.
CDMA2000 operators across the globe have seen clear returns on their investment in higher subscriber additions, lower churn and increased uptake in data usage. Bell Mobility in Canada, Sprint and Verizon Wireless in the U.S., and Reliance Infocomm in India all have CDMA2000 success stories, and will discuss their experiences during a press conference being held today at 11:30 a.m. during the 2004 CDMA Americas Congress in Miami.
In Canada, Bell Mobility’s wireless subscribers increased by 12 percent to 4.6 million, driving a 15 percent increase in revenues. A key driver of this growth is Bell Mobility’s low churn of 1.3 percent - North America’s best. From January 2003 to today, data revenues as a percentage of total revenue have doubled and data traffic has increased exponentially year-over-year.
CDMA2000 carriers in the U.S. continue to capture greater market share and have experienced phenomenal growth in their data-centric activities this year. The Sprint subscriber base increased by 897,000 in the second quarter, with average usage reaching 16 hours a month. The operator has a total of 6.9 million subscribers using its data services, with data contributing 7 percent to overall ARPU of $62 for the quarter. In August, Sprint launched the Sprint PCS Vision Multimedia Phone MM-A700 by Samsung®, the first CDMA device in the United States to deliver streaming audio and video content from familiar sources such as CNN, FOX Sports and E! Entertainment. Consumers using this first-of-its-kind device and service are able to access more than 600 streaming video and audio clips every day, covering the latest news, weather, sports and entertainment. Sprint is planning to launch CDMA2000 1xEV-DO later this year.
Verizon Wireless added 1.5 million new users to reach 40.4 million subscribers at the end of the second quarter, and its churn dropped to 1.45 percent. The carrier launched several new data initiatives: it recently expanded its CDMA2000 1xEV-DO services, branded BroadbandAccess, to more than 14 major metropolitan areas and airports nationwide, covering 34 million POPS, with additional new markets and expansions planned by January 1, 2005. Verizon also introduced its enhanced content and applications portal Mobile Web 2.0. Data usage has increased, with 2.3 billion text messages, 21 million picture messages and 23.4 million GetItNow downloads of games and exclusive content. These data services contributed 4.2 percent of second quarter 2004 total service revenue, up from 3.6 percent in the first quarter and 1.7 percent in the second quarter of 2003.
In India, Reliance Infocomm grew to become the nation’s largest wireless carrier, with a 22 percent market share, only nine months after launching CDMA2000 services in May 2003. Nearly 90 percent of the handsets on Reliance’s network are data enabled with hundreds of Java applications and other services such as video streaming, mobile banking, wireless point-of-sale solutions, wireless data VPN for Enterprise e-mail access, vehicle tracking and many others. Capitalizing on the spectral efficiencies of CDMA2000, the carrier offers affordable voice services to millions who previously had no access to communications. Today, its coverage has expanded to 1,100 towns, rural and semi-urban areas, and will grow to 3,800 towns and cover 50 percent of the rural areas by 2005.
“CDMA2000 operators have a clear time-to-market advantage,” said LaForge. “They will continue to lead in the evolution to broadband wireless technologies and the introduction of advanced wireless services. There are nearly 9 million subscribers using CDMA2000 1xEV-DO services today, and by 2008 over 40 percent of CDMA2000 subscribers will have access to CDMA2000 1xEV-DO and 1xEV-DV high-speed data applications.”
CDMA is the fastest-growing wireless technology worldwide with more than 212 million subscribers in June 2004. In 2Q, the CDMA subscriber base increased by 30% on an annual basis, compared to 20% for the overall industry. CDMA is a global technology with presence on six continents. There are 228 CDMA networks in commercial operation on six continents, Africa, North and South America, Asia, Australia and Europe.
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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