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CDMA2000 SUBSCRIBER BASE IN INDONESIA BREAKS 10 MILLION MARK
Availability of Affordable Devices and Services Makes CDMA2000 the Technology of Choice for Emerging Markets
JAKARTA, Indonesia — May 28, 2007 — Today, at a CEO Roundtable and Executive Briefing with all six CDMA2000® operators in Indonesia in attendance, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) announced that the total number of 3G CDMA2000 subscribers in Indonesia has surpassed the 10 million mark. With only 36% of the 66,778 villages in Indonesia using some form of telecommunications services, the potential growth rate of CDMA2000 subscribers is expected to be a staggering 64% CAGR . This growth is fueled by superior voice quality, high-speed broadband access, lower network total cost of ownership, and the growing availability and affordability of devices and services—making CDMA2000 the technology of choice in this emerging market.
“The CDG is pleased to see the rapid growth of CDMA2000 in Indonesia,” said James Person, chief operating officer of the CDG. “In a market where only one in four people have access to a phone, CDMA2000 has proven to be the technology of choice to deliver telephone, Internet access, television, and broadband data services. Unlike previous 2G technologies, the favorable network economics, entry-level handset availability and maturity of 3G CDMA2000 makes it feasible for operators around the world to make a profit while offering extremely competitive tariffs.”
With cost reduction initiatives, such as the CDG’s Global Handset Requirements for CDMA (GHRC), CDMA Certification Forum (CCF) and carrier-led device aggregation efforts, the CDMA industry has sustained and accelerated its lead in the delivery of 3G handsets to provide affordable access to telephony, Internet and popular value-added services and applications.
The availability of low cost handsets and affordable Internet access tariffs has helped increase the penetration of telephone and Internet services within the region.
CDMA2000 operators in the region are able to provide subscribers with services such as television, music, distance learning, remote medicine and e-government via CDMA handsets. Since deploying CDMA2000 1xEV-DO services last year, Bakrie Telecom, Mobile-8 and INDOSAT are currently leading the way in the introduction of high-speed broadband data services in Indonesia. For example, in October 2006, using CDMA2000 1xEV-DO technology, Mobile-8 launched the first mobile television service in the country, called TV Mobi, by which subscribers are able to watch television shows from their mobile phones. These types of 3G services will continue to be enhanced with the deployment of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A, a technology, which requires a simple software upgrade to existing 1xEV-DO networks to deploy, will enable service providers to deliver carrier-grade VoIP, push-to-talk, email with large attachments (both directions), webcam monitoring, TV broadcasts and countless other next-generation broadband services.
CDMA2000 has proven to be the best solution for serving the diverse needs of affluent subscribers in the densely populated urban areas of Indonesia, as well as the basic needs of those users with limited purchasing power in the sparsely populated rural areas of the country.
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