Analyst firm ABI Research says that the CDMA market may be overshadowed by hype surrounding UMTS/HSPA, but CDMA operators are continuing to upgrade their networks to provide capacity for more bandwidth-intensive data services as well as increased network traffic.
ABI analyst Khor Hwai Lin says that EVDO Rev A subscriber numbers increased more than eightfold between second quarter 2007 and second quarter 2008. Not surprisingly, the U.S. and South Korea were the highest growth markets for EVDO Rev. A. The firm says that EVDO Rev. A subscribers will exceed 54 million by 2013 while Rev. B subscribers will also increase to 25 million.
On the HSPA side, ABI says that more than 31 million subscribers already use HSPA while 3.2 million subscribers are using HSUPA as of second quarter. The analyst firm estimates HSUPA subscribers will reach 139 million by 2013.
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