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UWCC Announces 73 Million TDMA Subscribers in the Americas TDMA
Posted: 04-Sep-2001 [Source: UWCC press release]

[Latin America continues to be the key catalyst in the growth of TDMA in the Americas.]

Bellevue, WA -- The Universal Wireless Communications Consortium (UWCC) announced today that worldwide TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) subscribers grew by over 59% during the past twelve months (comparing Q2 2000 to Q2 2001), reaching just over 75 million subscribers worldwide. In the Americas, where TDMA continues as the most prevalent wireless technology, nearly 73 million subscribers were accounted for by July 1, 2001.

A key catalyst for the overall growth of TDMA is the Latin American region, which added approximately 16 million subscribers from Q2 2000 to Q2 2001, a 77% growth rate over that twelve month time period. "TDMA operators once again have ratified their major role in Latin America's ongoing wireless revolution. They have successfully responded to higher levels of competition and more difficult market conditions with innovative rate plans and new services," said Dr. Richard Downes, Director of Latin America and the Caribbean for the UWCC. Downes added, "Aided by TDMA's proven cost effectiveness, their entrepreneurship is overcoming the region's historically low teledensity levels - one customer at a time."

Growth in North America, which includes Canada, the United States, and Mexico, increased 47% over the past twelve months, ending the second quarter with more than 36 million TDMA subscribers. Chris Pearson, Executive Vice President of the UWCC commented, "TDMA's strength is enhanced by our close alignment to the GSM community and our shared support of GPRS (General Packet Radio Service), EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for Global Evolution) and UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) technologies." Pearson added, "The UWCC continues to work toward interoperability and convergence with GSM through the GAIT (GSM ANSI -136 Interoperability Team)/GGRF (GSM Global Roaming Forum) and 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) initiatives."

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