GSM Market Share in Americas Exceeds 50%
Published on: 31st Aug 2006
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3G Americas is reporting that GSM has taken more than 50% of the market share in the Americas region adding nearly 100 million new customers from June 2005 to June 2006. At the end of 2Q 2006 two billion of the world's 2.41 billion cellular subscribers used GSM UMTS. At 2Q 2005 GSM held 38% of the Americas market while twelve months later that market share has grown to 51%.
Some operators are transitioning their CDMA networks to GSM. These are the significant factors contributing to the massive uptake of GSM across Latin America and the Caribbean where it now represents 63% of the overall wireless mobile market, versus 22% for CDMA technologies.
Erasmo Rojas, 3G Americas' Director of Latin America and the Caribbean, remarked, "The benefits of GSM technology for the Latin American market are the strengths of the global GSM eco-system, such as open standards, commercial availability in every single country of the region, and greater variety and lower cost of handsets. GSM has overtaken all other wireless technologies and is the consumer's number one choice." He added, "Brazil alone added 21 million new GSM customers in the year ending June 2006. GSM represents more than 57% of the Brazilian wireless mobile market. As CDMA technology growth loses its momentum in Brazil and across the Americas region, one can clearly see why operators, such as Brazil's market leader VIVO, are choosing to deploy GSM."
GSM in Argentina added 12 million new GSM customers from June 2005 to June 2006, and now holds a market share of 77%, compared to CDMA and TDMA at 11% and 10%, respectively. GSM in Colombia added 14 million new GSM customers from June 2005 to June 2006, with a current market share of 80%, compared to CDMA and TDMA at 10% each. In Mexico, where 16 million new GSM subscriptions in one year have contributed to an almost 78% growth rate, GSM has captured 71% of market share, up from 48% only one year ago. This compares to a share of 18.5% for TDMA and 7% for CDMA."