CDG Press Releases
CDMA2000 BOOSTS PRESENCE IN CENTRAL ASIA TO ADDRESS THE REGION’S RAPID WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS EXPANSION
More than 20 Operators in the Region are Benefiting from CDMA2000’s Technological Performance and Adaptability for Rural Communications
COSTA MESA, Calif., October 9, 2006 – The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) today announced that CDMA2000® is showing strong growth across Central Asia. Up to 23 CDMA2000 operators are bridging the digital divide in countries such as Azerbaijan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan by offering affordable voice and broadband data access to millions of users in both urban and rural areas. These operators have been able to sustain average revenue per user (ARPU) that is above the industry average, while providing areas that have limited purchasing power with affordable voice and value added data services.
“The CDG is pleased to report CDMA’s strong growth across Central Asia,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “Central Asian operators are finding the choice of CDMA2000 to be a natural one since the technology is mature and provides a competitive advantage with regards to supporting voice, broadband connectivity, low-cost handsets, and a lower total cost of network ownership. These factors, along with the technology’s flexibility to address different market needs, has allowed these operators to effectively meet the growing demand for fixed and mobile wireless services while supporting an improved return on investment.”
The region, comprised of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, represents a population of more than 236 million. CDMA2000 networks are already serving most of the people living in this diverse and populace region. The technology’s inherent flexibility and adaptability in addressing different topographies, population densities, and service line-ups has enabled operators to viably operate in the urban and remote areas of Central Asia, where landline services are not easily available and voice usage is moderately high.
The growth of subscribers in the region has been brisk. For example, according to Khalid Khan, chairman of the Pakistan CDMA Forum, “The subscriber growth in Pakistan has been phenomenal, where the total CDMA2000 wireless local loop (WLL) subscriber base has exceeded 1.2 million subscribers in just the last year. With the expected launch of fully mobile CDMA2000 networks early next year, we expect more than 10 million people in Pakistan will be using advanced CDMA2000 services by 2010.”
“We are impressed with the consistent performance of CDMA and the value proposition that it delivers,” said Artem Orange, chief executive of Diallog, a foreign investor in Pakistan with licenses to operate in 5 telecom regions, covering more than 40 million of the country’s population. “Apart from being able to offer ubiquitous broadband data access, the reliability of the CDMA connection and its voice clarity are the two major benefits that we are delivering to our customers.”
Following is a list of the CDMA operators in Central Asia that have commercially deployed or are planning to deploy CDMA2000 services within the next six months:
The fourth annual 450MHz Digitalization conference to be held in Riga, Latvia, October 10-11, will explore the latest developments within the CDMA450 industry. This conference is endorsed by the CDG, which represents CDMA2000 operators and International 450 Association (IA450), which promotes the use of CDMA2000 in the 400 to 500 MHz frequency band.
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