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CDMA2000® SURPASSES 400 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS WORLDWIDE IN Q2 2007

 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Subscriber Base Grows by More Than 10 Million, Exceeding 75 Million Wireless Broadband Subscribers

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COSTA MESA, CALIF. — September 10, 2007 The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced a very strong second quarter for CDMA and CDMA2000®, with major milestones, further strengthening its position as the leading 3G and mobile broadband technology in the market:

  • The cumulative cdmaOne ™ and CDMA2000 subscriber base surpassed 400 million users worldwide, driven by strong demand for 3G CDMA2000 services. Close to 93 percent of the 400 million subscriber base now access CDMA2000 technologies.
  • The 1xEV-DO subscriber base reached 75 million users, and now accounts for 94 percent of the mobile broadband market worldwide.
  • There are more than 378 million 3G CDMA2000 subscribers in 97 countries. CDMA2000 continues to be the dominant and most widely available 3G technology worldwide.

“CDMA2000’s performance, flexibility and first-to-market advantages are no doubt at the core of the technology’s sustained growth,” said James Person, chief operating officer at the CDG. “The economic advantages of the technology—including its suitability for densely populated cities and remote areas —have established CDMA2000 as the leading platform for delivering telecommunication services across diverse global markets.”

1xEV-DO added 10 million new users in the second quarter and nearly 40 million in the year between June 2006 and June 2007. The CDG maintains its prediction that the number of 1xEV-DO subscribers will surpass the 100-million-user milestone in the fourth quarter —making it by far the leading mobile broadband technology worldwide.

Sustaining the rapid growth that occurred in the first quarter 2007, the second quarter saw the addition of close to 27 million CDMA2000 subscribers, bringing the total base just shy of 378 million users. CDMA2000 continues to grow at more than 100 million new subscribers per year, significantly outpacing WCDMA growth. The expansion of CDMA2000 is 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. As a result, CDMA2000 has become the technology of choice in developing as well as emerging markets

In total, CDMA technologies grew at 20 percent in the year between June 2006 and 2007, with the strongest growth coming from the Asia Pacific region, followed by North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Asia Pacific accounts for 47 percent of the global CDMA market, and from June 2006 to June 2007, more than 45 million new CDMA subscribers were added in the region. Most of the expansion has occurred in China and India, the world’s fastest-growing wireless markets, and Korea and Japan, the world’s most advanced mobile markets. North America (including the U.S. and Canada) saw a surge of nearly 17 million new users in year-over-year growth and, with 132 million subscribers, it now accounts for more than 51 percent of the wireless market in the region. Europe, the Middle East and Africa added more than 4 million subscribers in the past year, boding well for the growth of CDMA2000 in markets historically dominated by competing technologies.

More information on CDMA2000 is available at www.cdg.org.

About CDMA2000
CDMA2000 is the most widely deployed 3G technology, with 226 operators in 97 countries, including 77 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO systems and 9 Rev. A commercial networks.   CDMA2000 has become the technology of choice for developed and emerging market operators, and is deployed in the 450, 700, 800, 1700, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands.  Close to 1,800 CDMA2000 devices from over 92 suppliers have been introduced to the market, including more than 460 1xEV-DO and 35 Rev A 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 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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Note to editors
cdmaOne is a registered trademark of the CDMA Development Group. CDMA2000 is a registered trademark of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA-USA).