June 30, 2006: A new survey by GSA - the Global mobile Suppliers Association, confirms that a number of CDMA operators are facing falling market share and responding by switching to the GSM family (GSM/EDGE,
WCDMA-HSPA) for business growth. Some operators choose a dual system strategy, but most prefer to migrate their whole customer base to GSM, which is the global standard for mobile communications.
The GSA survey "CDMA to GSM/WCDMA Migration - June 30, 2006" confirms 25 operators who are deploying or operating GSM/WCDMA technology either as an overlay, or as a replacement of the existing CDMA systems.
No instances have been identified of a network operator abandoning GSM in favour of CDMA. The vast majority of TDMA operators also chose a migration path to the GSM family.
The case for GSM is compelling, taking into account GSM’s unrivalled economies of scale (2 billion GSM subscriptions – June 2006, and over 81% share of the global market), feature rich services, the high number of GSM/WCDMA terminals, low subscriber acquisition cost for operators, ubiquitous international roaming, and future-proof evolution to 3G and beyond enabled by 3GPP open-standards EDGE, WCDMA-HSPA, and LTE (Long Term Evolution).
The GSA Survey "CDMA to GSM/WCDMA Migration - June 30, 2006" is available at www.gsacom.com