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Issue 55(03/2010)

Let us COMMUNICATE beyond technology and together understand the latest industry trends, analyze successful cases, find out about leading technologies and much more.
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It is predicted that CDMA subscribers will jump to 600 million by 2013. As always, Huawei remains committed to the success of CDMA operators by not only expanding the reach of CDMA network, but also by broadening the journey the CDMA operators are taking.

Experts' Forum

The CDMA Development Group (CDG) announced in September 2009 that the CDMA subscriber base crossed 500 million, reaching a remarkable milestone. Prakash Sangam, Senior Manager in Qualcomm’s Technical Marketing group, gives more details.

Mr. Günther Ottendorfer, Technology Director Europe, Deutsche Telekom, shared with us Deutsche Telekom' s vision of NGMN and LTE, and key success factors for that. He also updated us on Deutsche Telekom' s pioneering practice related to NGMN trial which yields promising results.

China Telecom has quickly deployed the world's largest CDMA network with strong new services and subscriber base. According to Shen Shaoai, Deputy Director of China Telecom's Mobile Communication Office, the operator has spurred development in the global CDMA industry.

Cover Story

China Telecom had China' s largest 3G network and the world’ s largest CDMA network built in the shortest time frame. With its rapidly established network coverage and strong marketing campaigns, the operator quickly gained market share all over China.

Main Topic

For more than 20 years since Interim Standard (IS95) was pioneered by Qualcomm, CDMA networks have been constructed and operated in more than 100 countries. Now is a time of explosive growth of mobile broadband and CDMA technology is at a crossroads.

The estimated mobile broadband (MBB) subscriber base will be 1.4 to 2 billion within the next few years. What is the best way for CDMA operators to capitalize on this once in a lifetime opportunity?

How to Operate

Growth in emerging 3G CDMA markets is exemplified by Starcomms, a fast-growing operator in West Africa that attracted 1 million 3G CDMA users within just seven months.

KPN, the leading telecom and ICT service provider in the Netherlands, succeeded in launching the first 450MHz CDMA network used for M2M wireless meter reading service in November 2009.

As the largest mobile operator in Hungary, Magyar Telekom enjoys a solid 44% market share. István Maradi, the company’ s CTIO, describes the operator’ s market and network strategies and how these translate into success.

IMS Column

In addition to the retail revenue opportunities, IMS also provides the capabilities to help telcos tap into the innovative business models qualified as 2.0, in which telcos can open their networks and monetize service enablers with new business partners.

Telcos need not only defend their core communication business against attractive alternatives, but also attempt to create innovative new revenue streams. Based on the IMS standard, Huawei has developed a simple and efficient solution to help operators face the transformation challenges.

FMC is a primary objective for operators who are striving to cut TCO, and the long-term FMC solution is always an IMS Centralized Services (ICS) solution. Huawei has responded to this need by launching the Mobile Extension solution.

Today, a plethora of Over the Top (OTT) services are available on the Internet, challenging Telcos’ position in the value chain. Huawei IMS proposes a wide portfolio of applications that mix the best of both worlds: IP flexibility for rich features and fast innovation, and carrier-class service level for customer’ s satisfaction.


Quick deployment of a DORB network will help CDMA operators flourish in the time window prior to the maturity of LTE, increase network speeds, improve user experience and seize opportunity early on in the mobile broadband market.

At Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2010, Huawei unveiled the SingleRAN@Broad, a solution aimed to accommodate tremendous increase in mobile broadband traffic, dramatically reduce the per-bit cost, and make mobile broadband services more profitable.

Leading Edge

CDMA operators are not only challenged in cost reduction, spectrum utilization and tremendous bandwidth demand, but also pressured due to a weakened industry chain, competition from GSM/UMTS networks and a surge in international roaming. In this situation, CDMA operators are keen on speeding up evolution from CDMA to LTE.