COSTA MESA, CA — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) today congratulated Verizon Wireless on the significant expansion of its CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO network, bringing the broadband wireless technology to an additional 11 major metropolitan markets and 20 new airports nationwide. With these new markets, Verizon's BroadbandAccess 1xEV-DO service will be available in 14 metropolitan areas and 24 airports throughout the United States.
"With its rapid roll-out of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, Verizon Wireless continues to demonstrate its commitment and leadership in providing broadband wireless services in the United States," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDMA Development Group. "CDMA2000 1xEV-DO is the fastest high-speed wireless technology commercially available today. EV-DO allows operators to offer the most advanced services such as broadband access and multimedia services."
Verizon Wireless initially launched its BroadbandAccess service in Washington, D.C. and San Diego last October, followed by Las Vegas in July 2004. The expanded coverage now includes Atlanta; Austin, TX; Baltimore; Kansas City, KS/MO; Los Angeles; Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL; Milwaukee; New York; Philadelphia; Tampa, FL and West Palm Beach, FL. The service is now also available in large airports such as Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport; Love Field Airport (Dallas); George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston); William P. Hobby Airport (Houston); Jacksonville International Airport; Orlando International Airport; Louis Armstrong International Airport (New Orleans) and Sky Harbor International Airport (Phoenix). By the end of 2004, Verizon Wireless will deploy the service in additional markets to cover 75 million people.
"CDMA2000 offers the most flexible and cost-effective migration path to high-speed data available today and carriers around the world are taking full advantage of these capabilities to lead the future of 3G," LaForge said. "There are now over 100 million users of CDMA2000 3G technology around the world. EV-DO will only continue to fuel this growth, so we look forward to watching Verizon Wireless' continued progress in the future."
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO has been deployed worldwide since January 2002. There are 12 commercial networks across Asia, North and South America and Europe; an additional 17 networks will be launched in 2004. At the end of 2Q 2004, 8.6 million subscribers accessed CDMA2000 1xEV-DO services. The technology supports the most advanced data applications such as MP3 transfers and video conferencing, TV broadcasts, and video and audio downloads.
About the CDGThe CDMA Development Group is a trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of CDMA technologies. The more than 100 member companies of the CDG include many of the world's largest wireless carriers and equipment manufacturers. The primary activities of the CDG include development of CDMA features and services, public relations, education and seminars, regulatory affairs and international support. Currently, there are more than 500 individuals working within various CDG subcommittees on CDMA-related matters. For more information about the CDG, contact the CDG News Bureau at +1-714-540-1030, or visit the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.####