In 2009, rapidly-growing markets, such as China, have pushed the subscriber base for CDMA2000 to over half a billion people.
During the third quarter of 2009, CDMA2000 subscribers increased to 512 million, added 17.6 million new subscribers during the period, and CDMA technologies, including cdmaOne, reached 516.7 million users.
2009 saw the introduction of 3G into China.
China Telecom was the first to offer 3G broadband data services across the nation and captured 50% of the fledgling 3G mobile broadband market.
In less than a year, China Telecom extended its EV-DO Rev. A mobile broadband network to over 500 cities, introduced more than 600 CDMA2000 1X and EV-DO devices from 160 manufact urers, and expanded its customer base to more than 50 million people.
In 2010, China Telecom plans to become the largest CDMA2000 operator in the world, while also being among the first to deploy EV-DO Rev. B, delivering speeds of 9.3 Mbps in the downlink and 5.4 Mbps in the uplink.
Wireless DevNet explained that the CDMA Development Group is a trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of CDMA2000 technologies. The more than 140 member companies of the CDG include many of the world’s largest wireless carriers and equipment manufacturers.