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Affordable EV-DO mobile broadband finds new market opportunities in underserved areas with low Internet penetration

COSTA MESA, CA — March 25, 2009 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that at the conclusion of 2008, there were 465 million subscribers to the CDMA family of technologies worldwide, including 455 million 3G CDMA2000® and 112 million EV-DO broadband users. While Asia Pacific and North America remain the largest markets for CDMA2000, Africa and Middle East have experienced triple digit growth in the number of users, as more operators in emerging markets are deploying CDMA2000 systems to provide affordable wireless voice and broadband services to their customers.

CDMA operators worldwide added over 22 million EV-DO users from December 2007 to December 2008, representing a 24 percent annual increase. CDMA2000 1xEV-DO is the leading mobile broadband technology worldwide, with 134 operators in 63 countries offering high-speed CDMA data services. 60 of these operators have deployed CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A (Rev. A) networks to offer advanced mobile broadband services, and another 36 operators are in the process of deploying the industry-leading solution to capitalize on the substantial revenue opportunity. Europe, the Middle East and Africa saw an increase of 3 million EV-DO subscribers over the period, a significant rise from just over 1 million subscribers a year ago. Operators in the Americas continued impressive gains, with more than 15 million new North American EV-DO subscribers at a 30 percent growth rate, while Latin America and Caribbean users increased by 37 percent to reach almost 6 million.

“EV-DO is not only gaining tremendous momentum in developed markets, but in developing regions that are underserved by wireline broadband services,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “Just as we’ve seen over the past year in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, we expect China and India to experience a boom in CDMA2000 subscriber growth for both voice and wireless data services in 2009.”

CDMA2000 subscriptions overall grew at a pace of 13 percent between December 2007 and December 20081. Asia Pacific accounted for 51 percent of the global CDMA market, adding more than 42 million new CDMA2000 subscribers during the same period. The net growth for the region was 28 million after China Telecom reduced its subscriber numbers by almost 15 million to account for un-creditworthy customers acquired from China Unicom. China Telecom ended 2008 with 28 million CDMA customers and is poised to grow quickly, stating goals to add 35 million CDMA2000 customers in 2009 and offer EV-DO Rev. A advanced mobile broadband services nationwide by mid-2009.

North America (the U.S. and Canada) saw an addition of 13 million new CDMA2000 users over the year and, with 148 million subscribers, CDMA accounts for more than 52 percent of the region’s wireless market. Africa and the Middle East continue to be the most rapidly-growing regions for CDMA, adding nearly 15 million CDMA2000 subscribers in the past year representing a 153 percent growth rate. In the fourth quarter alone, operators in the region added more than 2 million customers, including 400,000 EV-DO subscribers, a strong testimonial to the value of CDMA2000 and its opportunities in emerging markets underserved by wireline voice and broadband data services.

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About CDMA2000
CDMA2000 is the most widely deployed 3G technology, with 279 operators in 102 countries and territories serving more than 455 million subscribers. Counting 2G cdmaOne™ subscribers, there are 465 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 2,090 CDMA2000 devices from over 115 suppliers have been introduced to the market, including more than 528 Rel. 0 and 118 Rev. A devices on 107 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rel. 0 and 60 Rev. A systems. More information on CDMA2000 is available on the CDG Web site at

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 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.

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1. In October 2008, China Telecom reduced its CDMA subscriber numbers by approximately 15 million to account for acquired customers who did not qualify for service based on credit.