CDMA Handsets Expand Globally

Open Market for CDMA handsets expands with a broader range of devices in more countries worldwide

March 7, 2011

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COSTA MESA, Calif. -- The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that the open market for CDMA2000(R) handsets continues to expand globally, with operators Iusacell (Mexico), S-Fone (Vietnam) and Pakistan Telecom Communications Ltd. (PTCL) achieving OMH network certification. They join 14 operators in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nigeria and Thailand in supporting the CDG initiative to increase the selection and availability of CDMA2000 handsets that can be used on multiple operator networks in different countries.

The number of commercial OMH devices has increased to 40 since thebeginning of 2010. Manufacturers who launched OMH devices in the pastyear include Motorola, Samsung, Olive, Haier, BYD, Tricheer, Calcomp,Foxconn, Intex, Teleepoch and Uniscope. 20 device providers are nowoffering a variety of entry-level handsets, feature-phones andsmartphones using CDMA2000 1X and EV-DO including Motorola's MilestoneXT800, the first OMH smartphone built on the Android platform.

"Since launching in India in late 2009, the OMH initiative has expanded to address the growing demand for 3G voice and data services in Africa, Asia and the Americas," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "We're seeing a greater selection of affordable CDMA2000 devices available for these markets, fulfilling the original intent of this important industry initiative which is to provide customers more flexibility and choice."

OMH, part of the CDG's Global Handset Requirements for CDMA (GHRC)initiative, enables operator-specific network configuration, serviceprovisioning and subscriber-identity data to be moved from thehandset's internal memory onto a next-generation OMH SIM card. By doing so, the handset becomes a generic device that can be sold on the "open market" and used by multiple operators, providing consumers with a greater selection of CDMA2000 devices and the flexibility to select the operator and mobile data services they desire. The open market model also improves device time-to-market, expands distribution channels and reduces inventory risk for manufacturers and operators.

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