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CDMA2000 PRESENCE INCREASES IN SOUTH ASIA – THE WORLD’S FASTEST GROWING REGION FOR WIRELESS SERVICES

CDMA2000 Subscriber Base in the Region Nearly Doubled in the Past Year

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COSTA MESA, Calif., March 22, 2007 – The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) today announced that CDMA2000® is witnessing substantial subscriber growth across South Asia, nearly doubling the subscriber base in the region from 23 million in 2005 to 45 million at the end of2006. Twenty-six operators in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have selected CDMA2000 to offer affordable voice and broadband data access to users in urban as well as remote rural areas. CDMA2000 is the most widely deployed 3G technology in these markets and it enables operators to deliver universal telephone and Internet access, while differentiating their services with popular revenue-generating data services such as ring tones, email, daily info data casts and ethnic music downloads.

“The CDG is pleased to report CDMA’s strong subscriber growth and expanding presence in South Asia,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “More and more South Asian operators are recognizing that CDMA2000 is the best choice to bridge the digital divide in their region to provide advanced telecommunication services to millions of people while achieving a positive return on their investment.”

More than 1.6 billion people live in South Asia – about one-fifth of all the people in the world – but very few of them have access to telecommunications today . In Afghanistan, only 4.35% of the population has a telephone and 0.1% uses the Internet, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) survey. In India and Pakistan, the teledensity is slightly higher at over 11%, and 5-6% of the population has access to the Internet. CDMA2000 has proven to be very well suited to address emerging markets needs; it offers improved network capacity to meet the growing demand for voice and high-speed broadband data services, including Internet access, at a lower cost with a better quality of service than 2G systems.

CDMA2000 operator deployments and subscriber growth in South Asia have been accelerating. Twenty-six operators have commercial or soon to be commercial CDMA20001X networks and 7 of these operators are deploying 1xEV-DO systems to offer broadband Internet access. India is the largest and fastest growing market for CDMA2000 services in the region, with 6 operators and more than 47 million users at the end of February 2007.  India is also now the second largest CDMA market in the world, behind the United States.

The availability of low-cost devices is a key requirement for the South Asia market. At least two suppliers are currently offering 3G CDMA2000 phones for less than $30 USD, and another five suppliers are offering handsets for less than $40. In total, there are more than ten CDMA2000 handset models offered by seven suppliers below $40. In 2007, another 30 ultra low-cost CDMA2000 mobile handset designs are expected to become commercially available from more than fifteen suppliers.

Following is a list of the CDMA operators in South Asia that have commercially deployed or are planning to deploy CDMA2000 services within the next six months:

Country Operator Network
Afghanistan Afghan Telecom Limited 1X (Commercial)
Afghanistan Wassel Telecom 1X (To Launch)
Bangladesh Dhaka Telephone Company Ltd. 1X (Commercial)
Bangladesh Jalalabad Telecom Ltd. 1X (Commercial)
Bangladesh National TeleCom Ltd. (NTC) 1X (To Launch)
EV-DO (To Launch)
Bangladesh Onetel Communications Ltd. 1X (Commercial)
Bangladesh Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Ltd. (PBTL), (CityCell) cdmaOne (Commercial)
1X (Commercial)
EV-DO (To Launch)
Bangladesh RanksTel 1X (Commercial)
Bangladesh Tele Barta Ltd. 1X (Commercial)
EV-DO (To Launch)
India Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) 1X (Commercial)
India HFCL Infotel Limited 1X (Commercial)
India Mahangar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) 1X (Commercial)
India Reliance Communications 1X (Commercial)
India Shyam Telelink Limited 1X (Commercial)
India Tata Teleservices Ltd. 1X (Commercial)
Nepal Nepal Telecom 1X (Commercial)
EV-DO (To Launch)
Nepal United Telecom Limited (UTL) 1X (Commercial)
Pakistan DVCOM 1X (To Launch)
EV-DO (To Launch)
Pakistan Great Bear International Services (Diallog) 1X (Commercial)
EV-DO (To Launch)
Pakistan Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd. (PTCL) – Etisalat 1X (Commercial)
EV-DO (To Launch)
Pakistan TeleCard Ltd. 1X (Commercial)
Pakistan Worldcall 1X (Commercial)
Sri Lanka Lanka Bell 1X (Commercial)
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) 1X (Commercial)
Sri Lanka Suntel 1X (Commercial)
Sri Lanka TriTel Services (Pvt) Ltd. 1X (Commercial)

 

More information on CDMA2000 is available on the CDG website at www.cdg.org.

About CDMA
CDMA2000 is the most widely deployed 3G technology, with 194 operators in 84 countries, including 57 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO systems, serving more than 350 million subscribers.  Counting 2G cdmaOne™ subscribers, there are more than 375 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. More than 1,600 CDMA2000 devices from more than 90 suppliers have been introduced to the market, including more than 400 1xEV-DO devices.  More information on CDMA2000 is available on the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.

About CDG
The CDMA Development Group is a trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of CDMA 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 CDMA 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 CDMA-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 www.cdg.org.

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