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Rapid Migration from 2G cdmaOne to 3G CDMA2000 Continues

COSTA MESA, Calif., August 29, 2006 — The CDMA Development Group ( CDG) ( announced today that the number of 3G CDMA2000® subscribers reached more than 275 million users in 2Q 2006. CDMA2000 1xEV-DO subscribers continued to gain ground, adding six million new subscribers in 2Q 2006 to reach 36 million users worldwide, more than double that in 2Q 2005. Over the past year, the total cdmaOne TM and CDMA2000 subscriber base grew by 24 percent to 335 million total users across the globe.

“CDMA2000 continues to lead the migration from 2G to 3G across all six continents,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “With the introduction of EV-DO Rev A this year, the CDG expects to see this growth leadership continue.”

The rapid subscriber growth of CDMA2000 is due to its ability to meet the diverse mobile communications needs of consumers, small businesses and large enterprises in most any market worldwide. Solid performance, ease of migration, backwards compatibility and availability of a broad range of affordable devices are just a few of CDMA2000’s success factors. Over 166 CDMA2000 operators in 73 countries are offering a broad range of applications, including; voice services, multimedia messaging, entertainment, information, mobile commerce, push-to-talk, position location and broadband Internet access.

CDMA2000 continues to dominate 3G market share, accounting for 80 percent of total 3G subscribers worldwide. In the past year, the Americas have assumed Asia’s stronghold in 3G, representing 53 percent of total CDMA2000 subscribers, with 36 percent of CDMA2000 users in North America and 17 percent in the Caribbean and Latin America. The Asia Pacific region accounts for 45 percent of total CDMA2000 users. The growth of CDMA2000 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa has also begun its climb, with more than 6 million users now accounting for 2 percent of total CDMA2000 subscribers.

Analysts predict that the number of 3G CDMA users with CDMA2000 and WCDMA devices will continue to grow rapidly and these CDMA-based technologies will capture a greater proportion of the global marketplace. By 2010, close to 1.2 billion 3G CDMA users are expected to account for 41 percent of the global wireless subscriber base. In the same period of time, analysts predict that the percent of users who access broadband services will increase dramatically, with 1xEV-DO alone counting more than 340 million subscribers worldwide.

CDMA operator and subscriber statistics are available at

About CDMA2000
CDMA2000 is the most widely deployed 3G technology, with 166 operators in 73 countries, including 46 CDMA2000 1x-EV-DO systems, serving more than 275 million subscribers.  Counting 2G cdmaOne™ subscribers, there are more than 335 million CDMA users worldwide.  CDMA2000 has become the technology of choice for cdmaOne, TDMA, analog and greenfield operators, and is deployed in the 450, 800, 1700, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands. Nearly 1,250 CDMA2000 devices from more than 80 suppliers have been introduced to the market, including more than 280 1xEV-DO devices.  More information on CDMA2000 is available on the CDG Web site at

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 130 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. The subscriber numbers in this release are estimates provided by third parties on a quarterly basis and have not been independently verified by CDG. For more information about the CDG, contact the CDG News Bureau at +1-714-540-1030 or visit the CDG Web site at

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