CDG Press Releases
CDMA2000 OPERATORS IN INDIA BREAK NEW RECORD IN SUBSCRIBER GROWTH
1.77 Million CDMA Subscribers Added in August 2006; Cumulative CDMA Subscriber Base in India Reaches 36.7 Million
Also, for the very first time, India nosed ahead of China, with regards to net subscriber additions, by adding more than six million net mobile subscribers in August. As a result, both Tata and Reliance are preparing for the growth prospects going forward. Reliance announced a two million unit handset deal with Nokia and launched the Nokia 1255, an entry-level stylish phone at a retail price of $45 dollars (approx. Rs.1999).
Both Tata and Reliance now offer mid- and high- level phones, which are R-UIM (removable user identity modules) enabled. CDMA2000 offers several advantages, including: open standards, interoperability, economies of scale, affordable handsets, seamless global roaming, post and prepaid solutions, and a large selection of rich and versatile value-added services.
BSNL, an incumbent operator in India, also awarded a large CDMA2000 fixed wireless terminal (FWT) contract to ITI, in a strategic alliance with ZTE, to provide an additional 2.5 million wireless telephone lines.
The 3G spectrum allocation recommendations from TRAI, the regulator in India, are likely to be completed by the end of September. This may lead to greater growth for CDMA in India. In most all growth markets, operators eventually deploy spectrally efficient air interface technologies, like 3G, to support the increased demand for voice and high-speed data services from their consumers and enterprise customers. These services require large amounts of bandwidth to ensure sufficient capacity, data throughput, and a satisfactory end-user experience. CDMA2000 has at least a two-to-three year lead over other wireless technologies in delivering these important services.
Meanwhile, in India’s neighboring countries of Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, the number of CDMA2000 operators nearly doubled in the past year. The new entrants were; Onetel Communications (Bangladesh), RanksTel (Bangladesh), Tele Barta (Bangladesh), Dhaka Telephone (Bangladesh), Nepal Telecom (Nepal), DVCOM (Pakistan), TriTel Services (Sri Lanka), and SLT (Sri Lanka). The operators in Nepal added 280,000 CDMA subscribers in August, with the cumulative base touching 1.77 million subscribers. In Pakistan, the operators have connected more than 1 million people to their CDMA WLL networks. More growth in CDMA operators and subscribers is expected in this region.
More information on CDMA2000 handsets is available at www.cdg.org.
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