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By 2010, the Vast Majority o f Mobile Broadband Users Worldwide Will Be Using 3G CDMA

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COSTA MESA, CALIF. — February 20, 2007 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) announced today that 3G operators who have deployed CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO are driving the introduction of innovative mobile applications, while reaping the benefits of increased data and voice revenue, improved customer satisfaction and loyalty, and reduced churn. For most leading CDMA2000 operators, mobile data (including SMS) now accounts for 15% or more of their total average monthly revenue.

“Mobile communications has entered another phase in its evolution, where an operators’ revenues and competitiveness is determined by the breadth and quality of data services they offer,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “The time-to-market advantage of the CDMA2000 evolution path is enabling operators to drive this trend and grow their businesses by offering a large selection of popular services. The adoption of these services has enabled enterprise customers and consumers to witness a substantial improvement in productivity and an enhanced lifestyle.”

Subscribers are becoming more dependent on technology advances such as video content, music downloads, multimedia messaging, and mobile TV. CDMA2000 operators are witnessing an increasing demand for these services. For example, in the fourth quarter of 2006, $1.4 billion or nearly 16% of Verizon Wireless’ total wireless service revenues came from data services, up 63% year-over-year. Likewise, in the third quarter of 2006, Sprint Nextel collected a record high of $7.80 per user for data services. In the same quarter, Telecom New Zealand increased its mobile data revenue by 34.2% to NZ$51 (US$34.2) million, boosted by offering services such as push-to-talk, multimedia messaging, Song ID, caller tunes and ringtones. In Korea, approximately 6 out of every 10 people use mobile data services on nearly a daily basis and SK Telecom collects more than 26% of its total monthly revenue from data services, more than three-quarters of which comes from non-SMS services. In Japan, KDDI collected an average of $28.30 per user per month for their EV-DO (WIN) mobile data services, contributing to 30% of its total revenue. Up to 78% of KDDI’s EV-DO users have signed up for their simplified flat-rate plans, which are very popular for those subscribers who switched to KDDI after Mobile Number Portability (MNP) was introduced.

Since 1999, CDMA operators have introduced many profitable innovative applications such as location-based services, video on demand, digital home, and social networking. More examples of innovative applications introduced by CDMA operators can be found at the following website:

According to a recent report from Strategy Analytics entitled, "Beyond 3G: Looking for True Mobile Broadband," by 2010 the vast majority, or 94%, of the 518 million mobile broadband users expected worldwide will be using iterations of existing technologies, such as CDMA2000 1xEV-DO and HSPA. A ll other alternative broadband technologies are expected to be eclipsed by these two dominant solutions for the foreseeable future.

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About CDMA
CDMA2000 is the most widely deployed 3G technology, with 190 operators in 84 countries, including 54 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO systems, serving more than 300 million subscribers.  Counting 2G cdmaOne™ subscribers, there are more than 350 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 1,500 CDMA2000 devices from more than 90 suppliers have been introduced to the market, including more than 390 1xEV-DO devices.  More information on CDMA2000 is available on the CDG Web site at

About CDG
The CDMA Development Group is a trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of CDMA2000 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 CDMA2000 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 CDMA2000-related matters. 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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