APAC leading world in CDMA subs, revenue

27 Nov 2008

APAC remains the strongest CDMA region in terms of subscribers, service creation and revenue - with the region's operators seeing some of the highest wireless data revenues in the industry.

The region accounts for 53% of the global CDMA market, according to the CDMA Development Group (CDG), with the market reaching 475 million subscribers at the end of Q3. The region's CDMA2000 subscriber-base has also grown by 47.2 million over the past year.

Emerging markets have fuelled much of this growth, with Indonesia alone adding 5 million new customers in the past 6 months.

The region's CDMA operators also realise some of the highest ARPU figures in the world, the CDG says. For example, Japanese operator KDDI's wireless data ARPU continually exceeds $20.

The CDG also praised the region's operators for taking a leading role in recent Open Market Handset (OMH) trials.

And according to CDG executive director Perry Laforge, recent developments have ensured that the region will likely continue to dominate in the future - particularly the CDMA2000 sector.

"When 3G licensing auctions occur in China and India next year, more people than ever will be able to take advantage of CDMA2000 voice and wireless broadband services," he says.

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