The CDMA Development Group (CDG) is reporting that the CDMA2000 subscriber base reached 225 million users worldwide at the end of 2005, a 25 million increase over Q3 and 78 million more than the previous year.
The number of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO subscribers nearly doubled in the past year and reached over 24 million, as CDMA2000 operators continued to deploy and expand their broadband services. The total CDMA subscriber base grew to 302 million worldwide.
"2005 was a record year for CDMA2000 in terms of the number of networks deployed and subscriber growth," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "CDMA2000 now serves more than 10% of wireless subscribers worldwide, adding new users faster than any other wireless technology in the past. CDMA2000 has been the driving force behind the commercial success of 3G and now, with 1xEV-DO, it is leading the way in wireless broadband."
The group says CDMA2000 controls 82% of the 3G market and is adding new users at a rate of 8 million per month. More than 74% of CDMA users access 3G today, compared to 61% last year.
CDMA2000 is deployed in 67 countries across all continents, and while Asia and North America remain the largest markets for CDMA2000, 27 million (greater than 10%) of CDMA2000 subscribers reside in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, Europe and the Middle East, and this number is growing rapidly, especially in Latin America. In Asia, with 111 million users, CDMA2000 commands 14% market share. In North America, CDMA2000 has 88 million subscribers, or 40% of the market share, and in Latin America, with 24 million users, the technology has captured 10% of the market.
The CDMA2000 industry has entered a phase of rapid transition to advanced broadband wireless services, with 29 systems already commercial and 41 more being deployed. With wider coverage and broader range of devices, the number of 1xEV-DO users surged from 12 million in 2004 to 24 million at the end of 2005, and the number of users is growing at 4 million per quarter. As the trend continues, the percent of CDMA2000 users who access broadband will increase this year from 11% to 20%.
The high demand for CDMA2000 has greatly contributed to the continuous advances of CDMA worldwide. Last year the CDMA base grew by 26%, and in the past five years CDMA market share increased from 11% in 2000 to 14% in 2005. In some markets, like India, CDMA has captured 30% in less than three years. Asia remains the largest market for CDMA with 131 million users, followed by North America with 108 million subscribers. The Caribbean and Latin America region added over 16 million CDMA users last year, which represents a 38% increase from the previous year.