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CDMA2000 OPERATORS LEAD IN ADVANCED DATA IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
Deployments and Adoption of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Accelerate
Sao Paulo , Brazil, May 30, 2006 – The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) reported today that 22 operators in 17 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean have deployed or are building CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO networks. Capitalizing on the high-speed data capabilities of 1xEV-DO technologies, operators have introduced a broad range of broadband data services to address diverse market needs, ranging from broadband access in underserved areas to the most advanced applications, such as live TV and 3D gaming, for the mobile customer. Operators are seeing a significant demand for 1xEV-DO services, with the subscriber base growing at 40% per quarter.
Perry LaForge , executive director of the CDG commented, “CDMA2000 operators were first to market with 3G and now have at least a three-year lead in broadband services in the region. The time-to-market advantage has allowed them to differentiate their services, expand to new markets and grow revenues. With future enhancements, like Rev A and Rev C, they will also be first with all-IP and advanced multimedia capabilities, further extending their leadership in the market.”
1xEV-DO was introduced in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2003, and today there are 11 operators in 8 countries, including Alegro PCS (Equador); Bermuda Digital Communications; Centennial Wireless (Puerto Rico); Iusacell (Mexico); Movistar and Movilnet (Venezuela); Movistar Guatemala; Smartcom PCS (Chile); Verizon Wireless Puerto Rico, VIVO and Vesper (Brazil). Ten more 1xEV-DO networks in the Caribbean and Peru are scheduled to be commercial this year.
With average speeds of 400-800 Kbps up to 2.4 Mbps, 1xEV-DO has enabled operators to expand their service portfolio, which now includes MMS, mobile TV, movie video and music downloads, multimedia entertainment, WAP and e-mail access. In many markets, operators have deployed 1xEV-DO to provide broadband services for corporate, residential and public markets, and offer services such as Internet access, VPN, e-mail, video monitoring and vertical applications for the insurance, security, transportation and health industries. Alegro PCS, for example, has become the second largest ISP provider in Ecuador and anticipates that it will capture the leading share in coming months.
1xEV-DO devices currently available in the market reflect the diverse applications and uses in the region and they include multimedia handsets, PDAs, modems and PC cards, as well as fixed terminals, in different price ranges.
“The success of 1xEV-DO worldwide demonstrates that there is a huge market for advanced wireless broadband technologies. The CDMA2000 industry is on a solid path to capitalize on these opportunities,” continued LaForge.
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO was commercially introduced in 2002 in South Korea. It was the first wide-area network, wireless broadband technology to be deployed worldwide. Today, there are 36 live networks across 6 continents, making 1xEV-DO the most widely deployed high-speed data technology. There were 30 million 1xEV-DO subscribers at the end of 1Q 2006, and 6 million new users sign-up every quarter. By the end of 2006, there will be at least 73 live networks and close to 60 million 1xEV-DO customers.
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A, an enhanced version of the currently deployed Rel 0, introduces techniques that support latency-sensitive and bandwidth-intensive applications such as Voice over IP (VoIP). Operators in the North America and Asia Pacific will launch Rev A this year. Rev B which will be available in 2007, further increases throughput via a multiple carrier scheme. Rev C, an advanced interface, will deliver ultra broadband data rates and higher spectral efficiency along with lower latency, making it ideal for enriched multimedia services. Commercial Rev C products are scheduled for 2008.
Leading 1xEV-DO operators from the Americas and Asia, and infrastructure vendors met last week at the 3G CDMA Latin America Regional Conference in Sao Paulo to share their experiences and discuss the CDMA2000 evolution path to next generation ultra broadband technologies, convergence of fixed and mobile, and utilizing wireless for the universal services. This is the 5 th annual CDMA gathering in the region, and this year 300 operators, equipment and application vendors, analysts and media attended.
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