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CDMA2000 OPERATORS IN INDIA BREAK NEW RECORD IN SUBSCRIBER GROWTH
1.59M CDMA Subscribers Were Added in July 2006; Cumulative CDMA Subscriber Base in India Has Reached 35.2M
NEW DELHI, August 28, 2006 —The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) today announced that CDMA2000® operators in India have added an unprecedented 1.59 million net subscribers for the month of July 2006. This brings the total number of CDMA wireless subscribers to 35.2 million; CDMA2000 accounts for 30 percent of the total wireless subscriber base in the country. Tata Teleservices and Reliance Telecom, India’ two largest CDMA2000 operators, have 11 million and 21.1 million subscribers respectively. This accounts for approximately 12% of the world’s 275 million CDMA2000 users.
“The CDG is pleased to witness the rapid growth of CDMA2000 subscribers in India. It is a testament to the value that CDMA2000 services offer its users,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “CDMA2000 is proving to be the most economical, flexible, and powerful platform for meeting India’s demand for differentiated services with a wide variety of handsets, services and tariffs offered by the operators.”
Much of the subscriber growth can be attributed to the CDMA operators’ aggressive introduction of affordable and highly functional devices and the attractive service plans that are being offered to consumers and enterprises. In the first half of 2006, leading mobile phone manufacturers introduced more than 20 devices to the market. The most popular of those include the Motorola V3c RAZR; the ZTE C-150 entry-level phone; the Samsung Wideo, India’s first widescreen multimedia CDMA phone; the Samsung Hero, with mobile tracker anti-theft features; the Motorola A840, the first WorldMode TM (GSM/GPRS @ 900/1800 MHz and CDMA2000 1X @ 800/1900 MHz) phone introduced to the Indian market; and the Axesstel (AMEX: AFT) P830, the first fixed wireless phone with an FM radio receiver.
CDMA2000 offers several advantages, including; open standards, interoperability, economies of scale, affordable handsets, removable user identity modules (R-UIM), seamless global roaming, post- and prepaid solutions, and a large selection of rich and versatile value-added services.
In most all markets, operators will eventually have to deploy 3G technology to support increased demand for voice and high-speed data services from consumers and enterprises. These services will require large amounts of bandwidth to ensure sufficient capacity, data throughput, and a satisfactory end-user experience. CDMA has at least a two-to-three year lead over other wireless technologies in delivering these important services.
More information on CDMA2000 handsets is available at www.cdg.org.
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