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CDMA2000 EXPANDING IN EUROPE AS THE MOST ECONOMICAL CHOICE FOR ADVANCED 3G SERVICES
CDG Congratulates Nordisk Mobiltelefon on Recent CDMA450 Launch in Norway
COSTA MESA, Calif., August 14, 2006 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) today congratulated Nordisk Mobiltelefon on their nationwide launch of CDMA450 in Norway. Their launch on June 26 is another example of how CDMA2000® is becoming the technology of choice for Nordisk Mobile Telephone (NMT) and new European operators who are looking to rapidly and economically deploy toll-quality voice and broadband data services in rural and urban markets.
"The CDG is pleased to report CDMA2000’s expansion in Europe," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "From Nordisk Mobiltelefon to other pioneering operators, such as Telemobile in Romania and Telefónica O2 Czech Republic (previously known as Eurotel), it has become clear around the world that CDMA2000 is the most advanced, flexible and economical technology choice for next generation voice, multimedia and broadband data services today.”
Nordisk Mobiltelefon recently launched a commercial CDMA450 network to provide advanced telecommunications and broadband services to consumers and enterprises nationwide in Norway. As a result, CDMA2000 is now widely deployed across the European continent with 12 operators offering affordable voice and broadband data services in Belarus, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and the Ukraine. Other operators are planning to deploy similar CDMA2000 services in Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia and Sweden.
In addition, Telefónica O2 Czech Republic’s success with its CDMA2000 1xEV-DO mobile broadband data network demonstrates the technology’s evolutionary power and is a good case study for other markets. The network’s customer base grew by over 20% in the first half of 2006 while the operator continued to increase its coverage and subscriber growth capacity. The network now serves more than 85,000 customers and its coverage provides about 85% of the population in the Czech Republic with wireless broadband access speeds up to 1 Mbps. Developed as an alternative solution to DSL for developing regions, EV-DO has emerged as one of the best ways to extend Internet access to underserved populations. “With CDMA’s continued growth in Europe, we are pleased to be in the forefront of offering our loyal customers nationwide the best in mobile broadband services, says Andrei Torriani, chief marketing officer, Telefónica O2 Czech Republic.
CDMA450 (CDMA2000 designed for the 400-500 MHz frequency range) is the only technology that offers an economical one-step evolution path to 3G for NMT and new operators. First introduced commercially in Romania in 2001, CDMA450 has gained significant momentum in both developed and emerging markets worldwide. Its propagation characteristics enable operators to deliver valuable 3G services inside and outside of buildings using less base stations than any other technology.
Mr. Johan Lodenius, chief of end-user devices and applications, Nordisk Mobiltelefon, reports that “CDMA450 has proven to be an ideal wireless solution for providing 3G services with full nationwide coverage. Finally, it is now possible to economically fulfill the voice and Internet access needs of consumers and enterprises located in rural markets, as well as those in the densely populated urban areas of Europe.”
The availability of CDMA450 is continuing to grow substantially, with close to 75 CDMA450 operators in commercial operation or in the process of being deployed worldwide. Most of these CDMA450 networks are expected to offer broadband data services using CDMA2000 1xEV-DO in the next few years.
More information on CDMA2000 1xEV-DO and CDMA450 is available on the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.
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