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CDG Reports 615 Million CDMA Subscribers at June 2011

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The CDMA Development Group (CDG) has announced that in the first half of 2011, the number of CDMA2000 subscribers surpassed 614 million, an increase of 39 million subscribers during the six month period (12 percent CAGR).

Upwards of 93 percent of the net additions, or 36.3 million, were new EV-DO subscribers, reflecting a strong demand for mobile broadband services. Within the first six months of 2011, the number of EV-DO subscribers surpassed 185.9 million (24 percent CAGR).

The total CDMA subscriber base worldwide was 615 million in June 2011, including a million second generation (2G) cdmaOne subscribers not yet upgraded to 3G.

The majority of the growth has come from the Asian region, followed by North America, Europe and the Middle East. Today, there are now 336 commercial CDMA2000 operators in 123 countries and territories.

"The demand for smartphones, tablets, routers and machine-to-machine devices has had a significant impact on the growth of CDMA2000 subscriptions, and specifically EV-DO device sales," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG.

"The market is moving ahead quickly and isn't waiting for 4G coverage. LTE operators with CDMA2000 networks depend heavily on their EV-DO network to support their data traffic, and therefore have been fortifying their EV-DO footprints. Since most 3G infrastructure is amortized and reaches the most remote locations with high-quality voice and broadband data services, it will continue to be the backbone of mobile services for well into the next decade, while LTE coverage is being deployed."

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