CDG CONGRATULATES WANA ON SURPASSING ONE MILLION SUBCRIBERS
Moroccan Operator’s Easy to Use ‘Bayn’ Service is Highly Preferred in the Nation
COSTA MESA, Calif. — October 29, 2007 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today congratulated WANA on surpassing one million subscribers on its ‘Bayn’ service, meaning ‘clear’ in Arabic . In addition to giving subscribers unprecedented mobility and usability, WANA is the first Moroccan operator to offer wireless Internet access at peak speeds up to 2.4 Mbps and to price telephone calls as low as one dirham.
“The CDG commends WANA on quickly reaching this important milestone,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “Bayn is an excellent example of how CDMA2000® offers operators a cost-effective way to provide simple and affordable telephone services along with high-performance broadband services using the same network in a variety of deployment scenarios. Deploying the CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO network has given WANA a substantial competitive edge against its competitors.”
WANA sells the ‘Bayn’ service as ‘a call shop in your pocket,’ offering a user experience inside and outside of the home that mirrors the trusted Moroccan call shop—giving subscribers greater control, transparency, comfort and accessibility.
“WANA is very pleased to witness the ways in which ‘Bayn’ is changing the face of Morocco’s communications culture,” said Reda El Mejjad , Executive Vice President, Consumer division of WANA . “This is made possible in large part because of CDMA2000’s adaptability and incredible performance. Reaching one million subscribers validates both the technology and our marketing vision.”
CDMA2000 is the most widely deployed 3G technology, with 241 operators in 99 countries, including 79 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO systems, serving more than 377 million subscribers. Counting 2G cdmaOne™ subscribers, there are more than 400 million CDMA users worldwide. CDMA2000 has become the technology of choice for developed and emerging market operators, and is deployable in the 450, 700, 800, 1700, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands. More than 1,795 CDMA2000 devices from over 92 suppliers have been introduced to the market, including more than 469 1xEV-DO and 37 Rev A devices. More information on CDMA2000 is available on the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.
Wana (www.wana.ma) is an integrated global telecom operator launched in January 2007, operating on the segments landline and Internet and soon mobile telephony Services. Wana targets individual, corporate and wholesale. By becoming a new global operator, Wana is keen to democratize and simplify access to telecommunications products for Moroccans and allow users, individuals and corporations alike to use the latest breakthroughs in terms of product innovation and service quality.
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 www.cdg.org.
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