Affordability and ease of deployment drives CDMA450 services

30 Oct 2008

Operators in 58 countries offer commercial services to more than 15 million people

The CDMA Development Group (CDG) announced that CDMA450 is rapidly expanding across all regions, thanks to its ease of deployment, affordability and designation by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) as an IMT-2000 3G service.

Today, 126 operators in 65 countries have deployed or are planning to deploy CDMA450 services; 105 operators in 58 countries are already offering commercial services to more than 15 million people, and 21 operators are trialing or deploying CDMA450 in eight more countries. CDMA450 is a 3G solution that combines next-generation CDMA2000 wireless communications services with affordable network coverage using the 450-MHz frequency band.

'The opportunity for CDMA450 continues to expand, particularly in emerging markets with rural geographies and low Internet penetration,' said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. 'CDMA2000 has proven that it can competitively satisfy the demand for affordable voice and broadband data services using the 450-MHz band in markets where it has been traditionally cost-prohibitive for other technologies to address.

"Also, EV-DO is helping many CDMA450 operators bring Internet connectivity to hundreds of remote villages and towns for the very first time, linking them to the rest of the world at broadband speeds and fueling their local economies.'

Nearly all CDMA450 operators offer telephony and high-speed data services using CDMA2000 1X technology. Additionally, 42 operators have deployed CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Release 0 (Rel. 0) wireless broadband data services, while 13 operators have deployed EV-DO Revision A (Rev. A) for even faster uplink and downlink speeds.

Another 16 operators are deploying or planning to deploy Rel. 0 networks, while the cost benefits of Rev. A are evident with 22 operators deploying or planning to deploy the faster technology. EV-DO Rev. A offers average download speeds of 600-1400 kbps with bursts up to 3.1 Mbps and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps with bursts up to 1.8 Mbps.

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