The CDMA Development Group (CDG) has reported that operators in Asia and the U.S. have seen a significant uptake of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO broadband wireless services and, as a result, higher revenues and growth. In some markets, operators report that their 1xEV-DO subscriptions are growing at a rate of 230% per year and that wireless broadband subscribers spend 2 times more on data and 40-60% more overall than average users.
Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG, said “What is most important is that 1xEV-DO provides the services that wireless customers want, which is reflected by the growing number of users and rising minutes of use, and delivers results for operators in higher revenues and improved overall performance.”
In the United States, Verizon Wireless’ data revenues in the 1st quarter more than doubled year-over-year to US$872 million, while Sprint Nextel’s data revenue topped US$800 million in 1st quarter 2006. Both are EV-DO service providers.