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CONTINUED SUCCESS OF CDMA PROVIDES OPTIMISTIC DISCUSSION AT 2008 3G CDMA LATIN AMERICA REGIONAL CONFERENCE
Key Telecom Executives Discussed Continued Enhancements to CDMA2000 and Opportunities for CDMA450 in Latin America and the Caribbean
COSTA MESA, CALIF. — May 28, 2008 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today reported on the conclusion of this year’s 3G CDMA Latin America Regional Conference, which took place May 13-15 at Le Meridien Hotel in Cancun, Mexico. At the conference, telecommunications executives and members of the media, analyst and regulatory communities gathered to discuss CDMA in the region. Topics included the evolution path of CDMA2000®, increased device availability, regulatory opportunities for CDMA450, and how wider bandwidth OFDM-based mobile broadband solutions will complement CDMA to help increase Internet penetration.
“We are continuing to see an increased demand for data services in Latin America and the Caribbean, as nearly sixty percent of the CDMA2000 operators in the region will be offering EV-DO broadband services within the next year,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “At this year’s 3G Latin America Regional Conference, we showcased the success CDMA2000 has experienced in delivering voice and advanced broadband services and highlighted other opportunities for economic growth, such as the adoption of CDMA450.”
The pre-conference program began with a roundtable featuring participants from regulators in Peru, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Honduras; operators from Ecuador (ETAPA) and Peru (Valtron); and Qualcomm. During the roundtable, participants highlighted new CDMA450 projects in the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Peru along with new spectrum allocations coming soon in Mexico and Peru. Addressing regulatory issues are paramount to the expansion of CDMA450 in the region, as each country attempts to clear this valuable spectrum for wireless telephony, broadband Internet access and emergency services in both urban and rural areas. A CDMA University training course on “EV-DO Concepts for Business Professionals” and a workshop titled, “Evolution to Next-Generation Mobile Broadband Solutions” were also offered during the pre-conference program.
The first day of the conference began with a regulator keynote address by Lucia Cayetana Aljovin Gazzani, Vice Minister of Communications for Peru, and an operator keynote by Ignacio Angulo, Executive Vice President of Centennial Puerto Rico, followed by application keynotes from Rodrigo Sanchez of LatCel, and Eugenio Velasco, Director, Mobile Services for Televisa Digital. Panel sessions focused on a range of topics, including enhancements to CDMA2000 and its roadmap, delivering advanced broadband services with EV-DO, and interoperability with next-generation mobile broadband OFDM-based solutions. Of particular importance was the announcement that within the next few years, the voice capacity of CDMA2000 1X will more than double from 35 to greater than 70 simultaneous calls per sector, and enhancements to EV-DO will enable the technology to deliver up to 34.4 Mbps using only four 1.25 MHz carriers.
Leading off the second day of the conference was an operator keynote by Gustavo Guzmán, CEO, Iusacell and a regulator keynote from Gerardo González Abarca, commissioner of COFETEL. Sessions included operator perspectives on bringing new services to market, ultra-low cost handset availability, and a segment on how femtocells will further increase CDMA coverage in rural, enterprise and home settings. To close the conference, a panel of industry press and analysts from Convergencia Latina, Pyramid Research and the Competitive Intelligence Unit provided their perspectives on CDMA in the Latin America market and the future of the mobile business within the region.
There are currently more than 66 million CDMA users in 24 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The number of CDMA networks continues to grow, with 50 CDMA2000 networks in commercial operation and another 12 being deployed in the region.
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