More Than a Quarter of All CDMA2000 Users Worldwide are EV-DO Subscribers
COSTA MESA, CA — January 5, 2010 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced third quarter subscriber statistics for CDMA2000®, highlighting the migration from 2G to 3G CDMA services in emerging and developed markets. In addition to 18 new CDMA2000 networks in 2009, rapidly-growing markets, such as China and India, have pushed the subscriber base for CDMA2000 to over half a billion people; more than a quarter of those are EV-DO mobile broadband users.
“In 2009, devices, applications, user interfaces and network services all matured to provide a mobile experience that delivers on the promise of 3G,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “Looking to the next decade, we will continue growing, enhancing and optimizing 3G CDMA while providing interworking with technologies such as LTE and Mobile WiMAX.”
During the third quarter of 2009, CDMA2000 subscribers increased to 512 million, added 17.6 million new subscribers during the period, and CDMA technologies, including cdmaOne, reached 516.7 million users. Over the past year, adoption of 3G broadband in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa has lead to 31 million new EV-DO subscribers. The 30 percent annual growth rate included the addition of 8.6 million EV-DO users during the third quarter, increasing the total to 136.5 million subscribers.
The year was also marked by several CDMA2000 milestones. In May, the CDG announced that over 100 million subscribers in India are using CDMA2000 services. CDMA operators Reliance and Tata began offering India’s first mobile broadband services in early 2009. They also became the first operators in the world to offer CDMA Open Market Handsets (OMH) to enable greater consumer choice and flexibility. OMH is a device availability initiative led by the CDG that is expanding into Indonesia, Nigeria and other markets in 2010. Extending India’s position at the forefront of CDMA2000, operator MTS has committed to be among the first to deploy CDMA2000 1X Advanced in 2010 to deliver increased voice capacity.
2009 also saw the introduction of 3G into China. China Telecom was the first to offer 3G broadband data services across the nation and captured 50 percent of the fledgling 3G mobile broadband market. In less than a year, China Telecom extended its EV-DO Rev. A mobile broadband network to over 500 cities, introduced more than 600 CDMA2000 1X and EV-DO devices from 160 manufacturers, and expanded its customer base to more than 50 million people. In 2010, China Telecom plans to become the largest CDMA2000 operator in the world, while also being among the first to deploy EV-DO Rev. B, delivering speeds of 9.3 Mbps in the downlink and 5.4 Mbps in the uplink.
The CDG also introduced several new initiatives in the past year to ensure that CDMA2000 operators remain successful in an increasingly-competitive wireless landscape. A machine-to-machine (M2M) special interest group was created to capitalize on embedded communications opportunities in several vertical industries, such as healthcare, smart energy, logistics and consumer electronics. The CDMA Roaming Hub (CRH) initiative was announced this year, which will further expand the CDMA roaming footprint and simplify the roaming agreement process. The first commercial roaming hubs will begin operation by mid-2010.
Finally, the CDG became a Market Representation Partner (MRP) for 3GPP in 2009, to facilitate the interworking of CDMA2000 and LTE technologies on behalf of the CDMA community. The CDG’s role will help these operators expand their market leadership by augmenting their 3G CDMA offerings with OFDM-based technologies in 2010 and beyond. These complementary technologies will be supported by a wide range of multimode CDMA2000/LTE devices from a variety of vendors.
The CDG believes that CDMA2000 will continue its growth trend in 2010, in terms of commercial networks, device selection, subscribers and revenue. Throughout the year, the technology will hit milestones such as the first 1X Advanced and EV-DO Rev. B commercial deployments, Simultaneous Voice and Data (SVDO) on CDMA2000 handsets, establishment of the first CDMA Roaming Hubs, OMH expansion into more than 10 new markets and the introduction of the first EV-DO and LTE WorldModeTM devices.
CDMA2000 is a widely deployed 3G technology, with 308 operators in 116 countries and territories serving 512 million subscribers. Counting 2G cdmaOne™ subscribers, there are over 517 million CDMA users worldwide. CDMA2000 1xEV-DO is a widely-deployed 3G CDMA (IMT-2000) solution offering mobile broadband to 136 million people across a wide range of devices. CDMA2000 has been chosen by operators in both developed and emerging markets, and is deployable in the 450, 700, 800, 1700, 1900, AWS and 2100 MHz bands. More than 2,320 CDMA2000 devices from over 122 suppliers have been introduced to the market, including more than 548 Rel. 0 and 226 Rev. A devices on 114 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rel. 0 and 77 Rev. A systems.
The CDMA Development Group is a trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of CDMA2000 technologies. The more than 140 member companies of the CDG include many of the world’s largest wireless carriers and equipment manufacturers. The primary activities of the CDG include development of CDMA2000 features and services, public relations, education and seminars, regulatory affairs and international support. Currently, there are more than 500 individuals working within various CDG subcommittees on CDMA2000-related matters.