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3G Americas Announces Growth of TDMA and GSM in the Americas
Posted: 09-Apr-2002 [Source: 3G Americas Press Release]

[New data shows 61% of all digital cellular subscribers in the Americas use GSM and TDMA.]

Bellevue, WA -- 3G Americas, a new global wireless trade organization focused on the wireless industry in the Americas, announced figures using data provided by the EMC World Cellular Database for the year end growth of GSM and TDMA in the Americas to more than 107 million subscribers, representing about 61% of all digital cellular subscribers.

During the year ending December 31, 2001, GSM grew by 50.4% to nearly 17 million subscribers in North, Central, and South America. In that same period of time, TDMA added more subscribers than any other technology in the Americas with a year-end figure of over 90 million subscribers. The growth of GSM and TDMA combined represent 56% of the total digital cellular growth in the region in 2001.

On a global basis, GSM is the technology of choice for over 642 million customers (year-end 2001). And as of March 2002, over 100 million GSM users have access to high-speed data communications in 27 countries worldwide. The GSM family of wireless communications platform accounts for about 70% of the current digital wireless market.

Commenting on the figures, Chris Pearson, Executive Vice President of 3G Americas stated, "GSM will continue to grow at a substantial rate as more and more operators in the Americas commit to the GSM evolution. In North America, TDMA operators AT&T Wireless, Cingular Wireless, and Rogers Wireless have implemented their GSM evolutionary migration, while in Latin America, Telcel Radiomovil in Mexico, Telecom Personal in Argentina, Entel Movil in Bolivia, and CTE in El Salvador have committed to a similar GSM migration strategy. Additionally, new GSM networks have been deployed in Peru and Brazil in recent months that will add significantly to the GSM subscriber base."

"TDMA operators who have announced their choice of the GSM wireless evolution, account for over 55% of current TDMA subscribers in the region and others are expected to follow," commented Michael Woolfrey, Senior Research Analyst of EMC. "It is anticipated that by 2006 over 54% of the 499 million digital subscribers in the Americas will have adopted the GSM family of technologies. On a global basis, TDMA and GSM combined, account for over 80% of digital cellular subscribers today."

This message was further emphasized by Vicki Livingston, Director of Marketing for 3G Americas, "GSM and TDMA operators provide a significant base of over 750 million global customers as we evolve to a common Third Generation (3G) high-speed data standard. What this means to customers in the Americas is the ability to communicate and conduct business wirelessly with over 175 countries throughout the world."

The founding members of 3G Americas include AT&T Wireless (USA), Cingular Wireless (USA), Compaq, Ericsson AB, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Nokia, Nortel Networks, Openwave Systems, Rogers Wireless (Canada), Siemens, and Telecom Personal (Argentina).

About 3G Americas: Unifying the Americas through Wireless Technology

3G Americas unites wireless operators and vendors in the Americas for the very first time to form a single voice representing GSM, TMDA, GPRS, EDGE, and UMTS technologies. Working with regulatory bodies, technical standards bodies, and other global organizations, 3G Americas will be uniquely focused on the issues facing the Americas. The mission of 3G Americas is to promote, educate, and advocate for the success of GSM, TDMA, GPRS, EDGE, and UMTS, and their seamless evolution to future generations, thereby advancing the wireless industry in the Americas for the benefit of consumers. The new organization fully supports the 3G technology migration strategy GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS adopted by! many operators in the Americas that will account for up to 85% of next-generation subscribers globally. 3G Americas is headquartered in Bellevue, WA with an office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Miami, FL. For more information, visit the website at

About EMC

EMC is a world-leading provider of specialist market intelligence for the wireless industry with a reputable track record founded on researching and publishing accurate data and statistics.

EMC's Market Data is stored in the EMC World Cellular Database: which contains subscriber data for more than 1,100 operators in 210 countries, and is the leading source of market data on for the wireless industry used by operators, vendors, industry bodies, and financial houses.

Terms used:

EDGE Enhanced Data rates for Global (or GSM) Evolution

GSM Global System for Mobile communications

GPRS General Packet Radio Service

TDMA Time Division Multiple Access

UMTS Universal Mobile Telecommunications System


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