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CDMA2000 CONTINUES TO DOMINATE 3G WIRELESS MARKET IN ASIA PACIFIC
Subscriber Growth, Operator Growth, and Increasing Demand for Broadband Data Keeps CDMA2000 in the Lead, While Creating Healthy Competition
BEIJING, CHINA — July 10, 2007 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that CDMA2000® continues to dominate the Asia-Pacific 3G wireless telecommunications market with more than 161 million 3G subscribers in the region, representing a 30% CAGR. 62 CDMA2000 operators in 29 countries are offering commercial 3G services, and 50% of the Asia Pacific operators will be offering EV-DO broadband data services to more than 39 million subscribers by the end of the year. With the rapid 3G subscriber growth, operator growth, and substantial demand for broadband data services, CDMA2000 has established a strong and sustainable lead over competing technologies in the region and is playing a critical role in the licensing of 3G spectrum in India and China – the world’s largest and fastest growing markets.
“This is an important moment in the history of CDMA2000,” said Steve Falk, vice president of technology and advocacy for the CDG, who led an CDMA executive roundtable in Beijing today with China Unicom and its leading CDMA vendors. “The technology’s evolution path, maturity and performance have enabled levels of power and refinement that makes it irresistible to the region. The CDG is pleased to witness the level of satisfaction that subscribers, operators, infrastructure and device suppliers, value-added service and content providers, and regulatory bodies are reaping from the benefits of this leading-edge technology. CDMA2000 has proven that it can significantly strengthen the economy of those countries that deploy it.”
Over the past five years the number of CDMA subscribers in Asia has risen exponentially. By the end of March 2007, there were more than 178 million CDMA subscribers (cdmaOne ä and CDMA2000) in the region.
Asia Pacific CDMA Subscriber Growth
The CDG attributes this rapid subscriber growth to the extensive, first-to-market, selection of innovative products and services offered by the large number of operators, excellent coverage, affordable devices and services, an enhanced customer experience, and the flexibility of the network to adapt to various deployment scenarios in both underserved and developed markets.
As subscribers have grown, so have the number of CDMA operators. In the past year, seven operators have launched commercial CDMA2000 services in Bangladesh, Fiji, Thailand, and Vietnam – five of which included the introduction of EV-DO broadband data services. Another six operators are expected to deploy this year.
CDMA operators in the region are aggressively fulfilling the demand for 3G and broadband data services using EV-DO technology.
China’s Ministry of Information Industry (MII) has recently selected CDMA2000 as one of its official 3G standards, clearing the way for a technology-neutral stance towards the licensing of spectrum for advanced broadband data services. The growth of CDMA2000 is expected to expand rapidly in China when businesses and consumers have the opportunity to experience the benefits that distinguish CDMA2000 from its competition.
More information on CDMA2000 is available at www.cdg.org.
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