Nobody may be willing to bet who TDSAT will crown king, GSM or CDMA, but on the global stage, GSM has checkmated CDMA. Latest numbers from UK-based EMC, the world’s leading provider of specialised market intelligence on wireless communications, confirms a whopping 81% of new mobile subscribers worldwide opted for GSM in the first quarter of 2003. By contrast, global appetite for CDMA appears to have dwindled, accounting for a mere 13% of incremental global mobility subscriptions.
Global CDMA subscriptions have plunged 17% from 30% last year.
Of the 51m mobile connections sold worldwide in the first quarter of ‘03, an impressive 41m chose GSM cellular, notes EMC. The GSM gospel appears to be peaking in China, Asia-Pacific and Europe. During the January-March quarter, 13.5m subscribers went cellular in China, with China Mobile at the vanguard of the GSM rush. Continue >>