CDG Says Over 350 Million 3G Subscribers Worldwide
Published on: 5th Jun 2007
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The CDMA Development Group (CDG) says that CDMA2000 surpassed 350 million 3G subscribers by the end of Q1 2007. Including cdmaOne 2G subscribers there are now more than 387 million CDMA subscribers worldwide. The CDG also announced that the EV DO subscriber base more than doubled in the past year to more than 65 million wireless broadband subscribers.
The migration from 2G to 3G is occurring rapidly, with 217 CDMA2000 operators in 95 countries offering 3G services in most every major urban center and emerging market. The shipment of more than 30 million CDMA2000 devices per quarter is creating enormous economies of scale.
"CDMA2000 has reached critical mass in terms of economies of scope and scale," said Joe Lawrence, vice president of marketing at the CDG. "The proven economic value and flexibility of CDMA2000 makes it the 'technology of choice' for serving the diverse needs of affluent subscribers in densely populated urban areas, as well as the basic needs of users with limited purchasing power in sparsely populated rural areas."
In the first three months of 2007, CDMA2000 operators added more than 25 million subscribers to their networks, building the subscriber base to close to 351 million users worldwide. The CDG also reports that adoption of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO has exceeded industry expectations. There are now 65 million 1xEV-DO users worldwide, representing a dramatic increase of more than 35 million subscribers in the past year. At this rate, the number of 1xEV-DO subscribers should surpass the 100-million-user milestone by the end of the year."