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CDMA2000 Operators in India Enhance Their Product Offering for Entry-Level Market
Costa Mesa, Calif. — Nov. 29, 2005 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) today announced that Indian CDMA operators, Reliance Infocomm and Tata Teleservices, will offer data-enabled CDMA2000® phones to their most price-sensitive customers, by leveraging the common requirements developed by the CDG’s Global Handset Requirement for CDMA Team (GHRC). As part of the overall goal to deliver more affordable wireless products and services to cost-sensitive markets, the CDG has been facilitating collaboration between operators and handset manufacturers to define requirements for entry-level handsets, thereby reducing the cost and time-to-market. This is an example of how operators can leverage common requirements to deliver affordable wireless products in their markets.
“The CDMA2000 industry is committed to providing advanced communication capabilities to developing markets around the world,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “The developments in India underscore the benefits that the GHRC work can yield and we are pleased to see this becoming a reality.”
The GHRC team was formed one year ago, bringing together CDMA handset manufacturers and network operators to define common requirements across multiple networks to streamline the manufacturing and distribution processes. One of the key initiatives of the team is to develop requirements for voice and various levels of data capabilities for entry-level subscribers in developing countries.
A recent example of the success of the CDG GHRC initiative in India is Reliance Infocomm’s use of low-cost handsets supplied by LG Electronics to offer voice and data services to underserved areas.
“Reliance has always been committed to providing a wide range of voice and data services across India and our participation in this latest initiative adds another dimension to those efforts,” said Bhagwan D. Khurana, Group President, Reliance Infocomm. “Our leadership in the communications field in India gives us the unique ability to bring new wireless subscribers not just basic data and voice capabilities, but also compelling content including music videos, downloadable ringtones, news and cricket scores.”
Tata Teleservices will launch its own GHRC compliant handsets in the near future with other GHRC participating handset vendors.
“ Tata Teleservices is deeply committed to offering products and services that will help improve the quality of life of Indians and with the launch of ‘Non Stop Mobile’ Tata Teleservices has emerged as a leader in bringing communication services to underserved areas. Our target audience for ‘Non Stop Mobile’ is definitely the vast masses of India. We believe that by changing the lives of this category, India can truly achieve development and a higher mobile penetration,” said Greg Young, CTO, Tata Teleservices Limited.
“LG Electronics has been working with the service providers in India to deliver feature-rich devices to meet the growing demand for advanced wireless services in the country,” said TK Baek, country manager, LG CDMA India. “We are firmly committed to enabling communications for wireless subscribers in developing markets such as India and China which offer tremendous opportunities for our industry.”
CDMA was first introduced in India as a limited mobility solution in 2002. With the introduction of Unified Licenses in 2003, which enabled CDMA operators to realize full mobility and removed the obstacles to the deployment of CDMA, the technology’s adoption rate surged. Today, close to 22 million wireless subscribers in India use CDMA technologies. CDMA operators, including Reliance Infocomm, Tata Teleservices and Shyam Telecom, have introduced CDMA2000 technologies which allow them to offer advanced voice and data services, including high-speed access to the Internet.
In addition to LG Electronics, other manufacturers, including ZTE, Huawei, Samsung, and Nokia, are providing CDMA2000 devices to the Indian market targeted for low-cost voice and data solutions.
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