CDMA2000 3G shows strong growth

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The CDMA Development Group (an impartial group if there ever was one) announced that the number of CDMA2000 3G subscribers worldwide surpassed 250 million in 1Q 2006. Driven by strong growth in Asia and North America, CDMA2000 operators added more than 25 million new users in the first three months of 2006. CDMA2000 1xEV-DO gained a record six million new subscribers to reach 30 million users.

“CDMA2000 is the fastest-growing technology among global wireless standards, and it leads in technology and service innovation, introducing new services and devices to the market faster than any other technology,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG.

Analysts expect that 1xEV-DO will reach 60 million subscribers worldwide and the percent of CDMA2000 users who access broadband will increase to 20% this year. By 2008, CDMA networks are expected to have over 1.2 billion users and capture 40% market share.