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CDMA subscribers now number over 65 million
Posted: 31-Aug-2000 [Source: CDMA Development Group]

[The CDMA Development Group released figures showing that usage has doubled in the past year.]

Costa Mesa, Calif. -- The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that the use of CDMA technology continues its pace, doubling worldwide usage compared to 1999. Subscriber numbers climbed to more than 65 million during the second quarter of 2000. The latest figures demonstrate CDMA's market dominance in the Asia Pacific region and rapid growth throughout Latin America, further solidifying the technology's position as one of the top two wireless standards.

With the deployment of third-generation services (3G) rapidly approaching - including high-speed mobile Internet access as well as full multimedia capabilities - the CDG expects the demand for wireless Internet and information services to continue its upward momentum, substantially increasing CDMA technology's global presence in the future.

"The use of CDMA by global operators in extremely competitive multi-technology markets, such as North and South America and Asia, is indicative of the technology's ability to deliver the most advanced services," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "Operators on every major continent have chosen CDMA as their technology for 3G. In fact, two of Korea's largest wireless operators, SK Telecom and KT Freetel, have announced that they are preparing to launch the world's first commercial 3G services using cdma2000, as early as this year."

From June 1999 to June 2000, CDMA subscribers increased 96 percent reaching more than 23 million in North America, while the Asia Pacific region maintained its dominant position with 33 million. Latin America experienced the strongest growth by increasing 346 percent, followed by a 183 percent increase in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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