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Another 25 Million Subscribers Join CDMA2000 Services

Posted on 28-Nov-2006 09:55 | Filed under: News

The CDMA Development Group (CDG) has announced that the total number of CDMA2000 subscribers reached 302 million, adding more than 25 million 3G subscribers in the third quarter 2006.

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO added 9 million new users, taking the total number of 1xEV-DO subscribers to more than 45 million. The total CDMA subscriber base using cdmaOne and CDMA2000 services surpassed 350 million at the end of 3Q 2006.

The group says CDMA2000 dominates the services in the world, representing up to 75% of the entire 3G subscriber base worldwide.

At the same time the group sees the evolutionary migration from 2G cdmaOne to 3G CDMA2000 nearing an end.

The Asia-Pacific region has the most CDMA2000 subscribers, followed by North America, the Caribbean and Latin America, and then Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). In North America, CDMA2000 reaches 43% market share. In Asia, CDMA2000 has surpassed 134 million users, and subscribers continue to increase at double digit rates fueled by CDMA operator growth in India, new deployments in South East Asia and KDDI's growth in Japan.

CDMA2000 operators in India have added 2.05 million net subscribers for the month of October 2006. This brings the total number of CDMA wireless subscribers in India to 40.5 million. CDMA2000 now accounts for nearly 30 percent of the total wireless subscriber base in the country.

For the first time, quarterly net subscriber additions in India exceeded those in China in the third quarter of 2006, even though the Chinese figure itself reached a record high. With wireless penetration still at a low 13.7% in India, both Reliance and Tata are preparing themselves to capture a significant portion of this accelerated growth going forward. India's CDMA customer base grew by 125% between September 2005 and September 2006.

On an annual basis, the CDMA2000 base grew by over 100 million, or 50%, between September 2005 and 2006. Asia Pacific and the Caribbean and Latin America regions contributed the most to this growth, adding 36 and 39 million users respectively, and North America's base grew by over 22 million users.

Currently, there are over 180 CDMA2000 operators in commercial operation worldwide, of which 52 of these operators offer 1xEV-DO broadband data services. Another 42 CDMA2000 1X and 53 1xEV-DO networks are in the process of being deployed.