|The CDMA Development Group (CDG) announced that the subscriber base for 3G CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO has expanded by 10.5 million in 3Q 2003 to reach 64.5 million users, while the total number of CDMA users worldwide grew to 174 million during the period.|
“CDMA2000 is expanding rapidly and is contributing to significant advancements of CDMA across the globe. The CDMA2000 subscriber base doubled during the first nine months of 2003, and operators are reporting that high demand for CDMA2000 services is spurring growth in net additions and boosting revenues.” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “We expect this trend to continue and anticipate that the CDMA2000 base will reach 75 million by the end of the year.”
CDMA2000 is the clear leader in data services. According to the EMC Database, CDMA2000 accounted for 54 percent of data users worldwide and 74 percent in regions outside Western Europe in 2Q 2003. While only 2 percent of worldwide GSM subscribers use GPRS data services, more than 14 percent of CDMA subscribers utilize CDMA2000 data services.
CDMA continues to be the fastest growing technology worldwide. In the year between September 2002 and 2003, CDMA added more than 39 million subscribers, which represents 29 percent growth compared to 24 percent for GSM, 7 percent for TDMA and 20 percent for the overall industry. CDMA will continue to capture greater market share and, according to Deutsche Bank, its share will double to reach 26 percent by 2008, with 60 percent of CDMA subscribers using CDMA2000 1X, 1xEV-DO or 1xEV-DV.
Asia-Pacific was the fastest growing region for CDMA technologies, fueled by rapid expansion in key markets China and India. Carriers in the Asia-Pacific region added 21 million new CDMA subscribers in the past year, which represented 42 percent annual growth. In India, CDMA has reached more than 5.5 million subscribers and is growing at a rate of 700,000 per month.
In the Americas, CDMA carriers added 18 million new subscribers in the past year to reach 102 million users. In the U.S, CDMA continues to be the technology of preference. According to the EMC database, CDMA subscribers accounted for 44 percent of all U.S. wireless subscribers in Q3, compared to 26 percent for TDMA and 15 percent for GSM. The CDMA2000 base grew 2.5 times in the Americas, and today, one in four CDMA users in the region has access to 3G services.
The third quarter of 2003 also saw the deployment of 10 new CDMA2000 networks. There are currently 71 live networks in 36 countries across six continents.
Additional subscriber statistics and CDMA2000 deployment information are available on the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.