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CDMA2000 Continues Solid Growth Into 2012

Demand for Affordable Voice and Mobile Broadband Data Services is Driving Growth

COSTA MESA, CA — May 7, 2012 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced its end of 2011 subscriber statistics for CDMA2000® and EV-DO, showing solid growth resulting from the demand for affordable and high-quality voice and mobile broadband data services worldwide.

At the end of 2011, the number of CDMA2000 subscribers surpassed 625.7 million, an increase of 51 million subscribers during the year, representing a 9 percent CAGR. Upwards of 91 percent of the net additions, or 46.3 million, were new EV-DO subscribers, reflecting a strong demand for mobile broadband services. In 2011, the number of EV-DO subscribers surpassed 208.8 million, representing a 28.5 percent CAGR. The total CDMA subscriber base worldwide was 626.3 million in December 2011, including 570,000 second generation (2G) cdmaOne subscribers not yet upgraded to 3G.

The majority of the growth has come from the Asian region, followed by North America, Europe and the Middle East. Today, there are 331 commercial CDMA2000 operators in 122 countries and territories.

“The demand for smartphones, tablets, routers and machine-to-machine devices continues to have a significant impact on the growth of CDMA2000 subscriptions, and specifically EV-DO device sales,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “Most of the global demand for mobile broadband data services is being fulfilled by 3G broadband networks, while 4G spectrum is gradually allocated and networks deployed. Most LTE operators with CDMA2000 networks will depend on EV-DO to support their rural, pre-paid and in-bound roaming data traffic for the foreseeable future.”

The year 2011 was marked by several milestones:

  • Fourteen new CDMA2000 networks were commercialized and more than 80 percent of these networks, or 270 of the 331 networks, offer EV-DO services
  • Up to 38 networks were upgraded to EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B, while an additional 16 new EV-DO Rel. 0 networks were deployed in emerging markets
  • Ten EV-DO Rev. B networks are in commercial operation, up from three in 2010, while another nine EV-DO Rev. B networks are being deployed
  • Up to 32 EV-DO Rev. B devices from 14 suppliers are commercially available
  • Nine CDMA2000 operators in 3 countries offered LTE services on a commercial basis, with another 25 planning to deploy an LTE network
  • The first 38 WorldModeTM devices, with CDMA2000 1X, EV-DO and LTE embedded in them, were commercially available from 10 suppliers
  • CDG became a Market Representation Partner (MRP) for 3GPP
  • China Telecom became the largest CDMA2000 operator in the world, serving more than 126.5 million subscribers, including more than 36.3 million EV-DO subscribers
  • Brazil announced its plans to auction 450 MHz spectrum for universal services
  • More than 655 new CDMA2000 devices were commercialized within an ecosystem of 166 suppliers
  • The number of CDMA2000 device suppliers increased by 33, mostly due to the demand in China
  • Simultaneous voice and data communication services on EV-DO and LTE handsets were introduced
  • CDMA2000 versions of the iPhone and iPad were commercialized
  • CDMA450 was adopted as a technology of choice for M2M services
  • Sprint announced the first High Definition (HD) Voice over CDMA2000 network
  • Cricket deployed the first 1X Advanced high-capacity voice network
  • KDDI and Sprint announced their plans to deploy DO Advanced smart network techniques

In 2011, the CDG promoted initiatives to ensure that CDMA2000 operators remain successful in an increasingly-competitive wireless landscape. These initiatives include its Connected Device Forum (CDF), Global Roaming Hub (GRH) services and device aggregation effort.

The CDG believes that CDMA2000 will continue its growth trend well into the decade, in terms of commercial networks, device selection, subscribers and revenue.

More information about CDMA is available at www.cdg.org.

About CDMA2000
CDMA2000 is a widely deployed 3G technology, with 331 operators in 122 countries and territories serving 626.7 million subscribers. Counting 2G cdmaOne™ subscribers, there are over 626.3 million CDMA users worldwide. CDMA2000 1xEV-DO is a widely-deployed 3G CDMA (IMT-2000) solution offering mobile broadband to 209 million people across a wide range of devices. CDMA2000 has been chosen by operators in both developed and emerging markets, and is deployable in the 450, 800, 850, 1700, 1900, AWS and 2100 MHz bands. More than 3,110 CDMA2000 devices from over 166 suppliers have been introduced to the market, including more than 604 Rel. 0, 580 Rev. A and 32 Rev. B devices on 120 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rel. 0, 140 Rev. A and 10 Rev. B systems. 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 CDMA and other complementary wireless solutions. Its member companies include many of the world’s leading service providers and equipment manufacturers. The primary activities of the CDG include development of advanced features and services, evolution of standards, technical education, advocacy, regulatory affairs, global roaming and device availability. Currently, there are more than 500 individuals working within various CDG industry initiatives. For information about the CDG visit www.cdg.org.

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