ASIA-PACIFIC CONTINUES TO BE THE STRONGEST REGION FOR CDMA
APAC CDMA Operators Experiencing High Wireless Data Revenues
BEIJING — November 25, 2008 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region once again leads the global CDMA ecosystem in terms of subscribers, revenue and service creation. As APAC operators continue to develop and enhance their core 3G CDMA networks, CDMA2000® subscribership in the region remains the largest in the world and operators in the region are seeing some of the highest wireless data revenues in the industry.
“The CDG is committed to helping Asian 3G CDMA operators realize the most benefits from their core networks,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “When 3G licensing auctions occur in China and India next year, more people than ever will be able to take advantage of CDMA2000 voice and wireless broadband services.”
APAC accounts for 53% of the global CDMA market, which reached 475 million users at the end of Q3 2008. Over the past year, the region added more than 47.2 million new subscribers for CDMA2000. Emerging markets and dynamic new services for developed markets are key drivers behind CDMA’s strong growth, which includes more the 5 million new customers in Indonesia over the past 6 months. CDMA2000 1xEV-DO subscribers grew by over 4 million during the year, a number that is expected to increase exponentially as operators in the region deploy more EV-DO Revision A (Rev. A) networks. Smart Telecom and PCCW recently launched Rev. A services in Indonesia and Hong Kong, respectively.
Not only does APAC lead the world in CDMA subscribership, operators in the region also realize some of the highest average revenue per user (ARPU) in the world, particularly for 3G CDMA wireless data ARPU. In Japan, KDDI’s wireless data ARPU continually exceeds US$20. In Korea, LG Telecom is seeing increased data ARPU since launching its popular flat-rate OZ (Open Zone) mobile broadband service on its EV-DO Rev. A network. The operator has added more than 400,000 OZ customers since launching the service in April 2008, and by the end of the year will add more than 10 OZ-enabled handsets to the market.
In October 2008, China Telecom launched a CDMA2000 network under the service banner ‘Surfing,’ which put the power of the Internet in the hands of millions of customers. The operator aims to have 100 million users by the end of 2009 and already supports a wide array of CDMA2000 devices. Furthermore, the world’s largest wireline operator plans to begin offering EV-DO wireless broadband in the first half of 2009.
APAC has also demonstrated leadership with successful proof-of-concept trials in the CDG’s Open Market Handset (OMH) program. The OMH program is part of the CDG’s overall Global Handset Requirements for CDMA (GHRC) initiative, which specifies a common set of requirements based on standards to procure CDMA2000 devices in an open-device and open-application environment. The ultimate goal is to make handsets generic devices that can be sold on the “open market” and used in multiple operator networks. Reliance Communications, TATA Indicom, Bakrie Telecom, Mobile-8 Telecom, Telkom Flexi, Indosat, CityCell and CAT Telecom announced successful trial conclusions in India, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Thailand, respectively.
More information on CDMA is available at www.cdg.org.
CDMA2000 is the most widely deployed 3G technology, with 277 operators in 102 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 48 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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