TDMA Mobile Subscriber Numbers Still Rising

LONDON (03/24/2000) - Subscriber numbers for TDMA-EDGE (time division multiple access - enhanced data rates for global evolution) wireless technology continue to grow at a substantial pace, with an 88.7 percent increase in 1999 over the previous year, the Universal Wireless Communications Consortium (UWCC) said in a statement today.

There are now 35.1 million TDMA-EDGE subscribers worldwide, according to the statement.

TDMA is a method for sending data and voice over radio frequencies, similar to GSM (Global Systems for Mobile communications).

North America and Latin America are the two largest geographic markets for the service, with 19.2 million and 13.9 million subscribers, respectively.

Subscriber figures in both markets more than doubled between 1998 and 1999. The UWCC anticipates the growth percentage in both markets to stay high because of the voice use combined with the growing data market, it said in a statement.

When the analog subscribers are added into the figures, TDMA-EDGE network operators currently carry over 65 million subscribers worldwide.

The UWCC is a U.S.-based international consortium of wireless carriers and vendors supporting the TDMA-EDGE standard. Board members include divisions of SBC Communications Inc., Cable & Wireless PLC, L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co. and AT&T Wireless Services Inc., as well as carriers from Brazil, Israel, Venezuela, Argentina and Russia.

UWCC, in Bellevue, Washington, can be reached at +1-425-372-8922, or http://www.uwcc.org/.

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