CDG Press Releases
CDMA2000 OPERATORS DELIVERED 3G SERVICES TO MORE THAN 350 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS WORLDWIDE IN Q1 2007
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Subscriber Base More than Doubled in the Past Year, Exceeding 65 Million Wireless Broadband Subscribers Worldwide
COSTA MESA, CALIF. — June 4, 2007— The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that CDMA2000® surpassed 350 million 3G subscribers by the end of Q1 2007. Including cdmaOne™ 2G subscribers, there are now more than 387 million CDMA subscribers worldwide. The CDG also announced that the EV-DO subscriber base more than doubled in the past year to more than 65 million wireless broadband subscribers. The migration from 2G to 3G is occurring rapidly, with 217 CDMA2000 operators in 95 countries offering 3G services in most every major urban center and emerging market . The shipment of more than 30 million CDMA2000 devices per quarter is creating enormous economies of scale.
“CDMA2000 has reached critical mass in terms of economies of scope and scale,” said Joe Lawrence, vice president of marketing at the CDG. “The proven economic value and flexibility of CDMA2000 makes it the ‘technology of choice’ for serving the diverse needs of affluent subscribers in densely populated urban areas, as well as the basic needs of users with limited purchasing power in sparsely populated rural areas.”
In the first three months of 2007, CDMA2000 operators added more than 25 million subscribers to their networks, building the subscriber base to close to 351 million users worldwide. CDMA2000 continues to grow at 100 million new users per year, adding nearly twice as many subscribers as WCDMA. The growth of CDMA2000 continues to be fueled by its superior voice quality, high-speed broadband access, lower network total cost of ownership, and the growing availability and affordability of devices and services.
CDMA2000 subscriber growth highlights by region:
The CDG also reports that adoption of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO has exceeded industry expectations. There are now 65 million 1xEV-DO users worldwide, representing a dramatic increase of more than 35 million subscribers in the past year. At this rate, the number of 1xEV-DO subscribers should surpass the 100-million-user milestone by the end of the year.
The above data demonstrates how rapidly the industry is migrating to 3G . At the end of 1Q 2006, there were 466 million 3G (CDMA2000 and WCDMA) subscribers, 155 million of which were added in the past year. 3G now accounts for over 16% of worldwide subscribers and is on track to reach 1.2 billion users, or 41% of the market, by 2010. CDMA2000 is leading this migration from 2G to 3G; representing 73% of the total 3G market. Nearly 91% of the entire 2G and 3G CDMA subscriber base use 3G CDMA2000 services, indicating that the CDMA industry has nearly completed its migration to 3G.
More information on CDMA2000 is available at www.cdg.org.
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