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3G Americas Announces 763 Million TDMA and GSM Subscribers Worldwide
Posted: 03-Jul-2002 [Source: 3G Americas press release]

[3G Americas announces 100 million subscribers globally.]

Bellevue, WA and UK -- 3G Americas announced that global TDMA and GSM subscribers reached 763.2 million as of March 31, 2002 and the milestone 100 million global TDMA subscribers was attained in May 2002 according to EMC.

Additionally, EMC reported that TDMA represented 94.1 million subscribers in the Americas. GSM is currently growing at an annual rate of 42.37% with nearly 18.4 million subscribers at the end of March 2002.

Commenting on the figures, Chris Pearson, Executive Vice President of 3G Americas stated, "GSM will continue to grow at an exponential rate as more and more operators commit to the GSM evolution. TDMA operators in North America -- AT&T Wireless, Cingular, and Rogers Wireless - are committed to the GSM-evolutionary path to 3G. And, in Latin America and the Caribbean, TDMA operators in Argentina, Bermuda, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru have also adopted the GSM technology strategy."

This message was further emphasized by Bill Clift, Chairman of the Board of Governors for 3G Americas in his statement, "With the exceptional growth of the GSM technology in the Americas, GSM is clearly providing operators and their customers the leading global standard for roaming and seamless evolution to Third Generation high speed data services. What this means to the Americas is the ability to communicate and interoperate on a global level with over 175 countries throughout the world."

"EMC estimates that TDMA subscribers in the Americas, which account for 96% of global TDMA subscribers, will exceed the 100 million mark in July 2002," commented Mike Davies, Senior Research Analyst responsible for Latin America and the Caribbean at EMC. "Together, TDMA and GSM account for over 80% of global digital cellular subscribers today, and EMC forecasts that there will be over 1.5 billion TDMA, GSM, and W-CDMA subscribers at the end of 2005."

The founding members of 3G Americas include AT&T Wireless (USA), Cingular Wireless (USA), Ericsson AB, Hewlett-Packard, 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 organization, 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 Third Generation (3G) technology migration strategy GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS adopted by many operators in the Americas that will globally account for up to 85% of next-generation subscribers. 3G America! s is headquartered in Bellevue, WA with an office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Miami, FL. For more information, visit the website at www.3gamericas.org.

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 (http://www.emc-database.com/marketdata.nsf), 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 WCDMA Wideband Code Division Multiple Access

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