BY LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD, 3G SPECTRUM AUCTIONS WILL ENABLE INDIAN OPERATORS TO ACCELERATE BROADBAND PENETRATION
CDMA2000 Family of Technologies Offers the Most Competitive Solution for 800 MHz and 1900 MHz Bands, and the Only Viable Solution for 450 MHz
New Delhi — December 10, 2008 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) today reiterated its suggestion that India’s Department of Telecommunications (DOT) license additional IMT-2000 spectrum for 3G broadband services in the 450 MHz, 800 MHz and 1900 MHz frequency bands. Licensing a sufficient amount of spectrum in all three bands will level the playing field for CDMA2000 operators who are looking for the most economical way to deliver 3G mobile broadband services. By balancing the amount of spectrum allocated for all air interfaces, policymakers will also have more flexibility in shaping India’s wireless ecosystem and its future economic growth. More importantly, it will accelerate the penetration of wireless broadband in the country by enabling healthy competition, similar to the way CDMA has helped significantly increase telephony penetration in India over the past five years.
“The CDG is looking forward to the licensing of 3G spectrum in India and encourages the DoT to take a technology-neutral approach in balancing the amount of spectrum allocated in each band,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “Doing so will enable operators to deploy technologies suitable for the varying terrains, population densities and market scenarios that exist in India and create an environment for competition between carriers who want to quickly fulfill the demand for Internet connectivity and deliver compelling mobile broadband services to the world’s fastest-growing mobile market.”
In January 2009, the Indian government is expected to allocate 25 MHz in the 2100 MHz (3G) and 40 MHz each in the 2500 MHz and 3300 MHz (BWA) bands, but only 1.25 MHz in the lower 800 MHz (3G) frequency band. This disproportionate allocation of the 800 MHz band for 3G services further exacerbates the constrained access to spectrum that CDMA players have in India and places them at a significant competitive disadvantage.
CDMA2000 solutions are available in the 450, 800 and 1900 MHz spectrum bands to offer 3G services across very large coverage areas with low deployment and operating costs, or total cost of ownership (TCO). As the leading 3G technology in the world, CDMA2000 supports all of the advanced services desired by the government, including mobile broadband connectivity, VoIP, multimedia messaging, push-to-talk (PTT), email, music downloads, video streaming, first-responder and emergency services, e-government, distance learning, remote medicine, FM radio, television broadcast, and location-based services.
Making spectrum available in the 450 MHz band, already an official part of India’s ‘National Frequency Allocation Plan,’ will enable incumbent CDMA operators and new players alike to efficiently extend services to more of the Indian market. CDMA450 is a 3G solution that combines next-generation CDMA2000® wireless communications services with affordable network coverage using the 450 MHz band. It is the most mature, flexible and widespread solution for providing fixed, wireless local loop (WLL) and mobile telecommunications services to both urban and underserved rural markets, especially in expansive or mountainous geographic areas. These services are supported by a wide range of devices, including those that extend roaming by operating in both the 450 and 800 MHz bands.
With more than 20 million subscribers worldwide, CDMA450 is an excellent solution for delivering affordable broadband Internet connectivity and the entire range of advanced mobile broadband services. The technology enables average download speeds of 600-1400 kbps with bursts up to 3.1 Mbps and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps with bursts up to 1.8 Mbps. Up to 125 operators in 67 countries have deployed or are planning to deploy CDMA450 to fulfill the demand for universal access to telephony and broadband services in their respective countries.
More information on CDMA is available at www.cdg.org.
CDMA2000 is the most widely deployed 3G technology, with 279 operators in 103 countries and territories serving more than 463 million subscribers. Counting 2G cdmaOne™ subscribers, there are 475 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, AWS and 2100 MHz bands. More than 2,050 CDMA2000 devices from over 110 suppliers have been introduced to the market, including more than 526 Rel. 0 and 95 Rev. A devices on 105 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rel. 0 and 50 Rev. A systems. More information on CDMA2000 is available on the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.
The CDMA Development Group is a trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of CDMA2000 technologies. The more than 140 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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