The just-released Device Test Plan (CDG183 v4.2) that the CDMA Development Group (CDG) says streamlines the testing and acceptance of CDMA2000 devices, helps ensure “every feature, function, service, application and peripheral works properly within every type of CDMA2000 device. ??So far, CDMA2000 operators MTS India, Tata Teleservices, Reliance Communications, Bakrie Telecom and SmartFren are using the plan as the foundation for all of their lab-based testing.

"This newly revised test plan will help to provide synergy among operators, allowing them to more expeditiously deliver a greater selection of affordable CDMA2000 devices," says CDG Executive Director Perry LaForge. "This is a positive step toward our goal of providing more flexibility and device choices to subscribers in?emerging markets."?

To read the CDG183 v4.2 test plan, ?click here

The CDG also just released its 1H11 subscriber statistics for CDMA2000 and EV-DO: more than 614 million, an increase of 39 million subscribers during the six-month period (12 percent CAGR). More than 93 percent of the net additions (36.3 million) were new EV-DO subscribers. The majority of the growth has come from the Asian region, followed by North America, Europe and the Middle East. ?

The group notes total CDMA subscribers worldwide was 615 million in June 2011, including a million 2G cdmaOne subscribers not yet upgraded to 3G.?? "The demand for smartphones, tablets, routers and machine-to-machine devices has had a significant impact on the growth of CDMA2000 subscriptions and, specifically, EV-DO device sales," adds LaForge. "The market is moving ahead quickly and isn’t waiting for 4G coverage. LTE operators with CDMA2000 networks depend heavily on their EV-DO network to support their data traffic, and therefore have been fortifying their EV-DO footprints.”

He continues, “Since most 3G infrastructure is amortized and reaches the most remote locations with high-quality voice and broadband data services, it will continue to be the backbone of mobile services for well into the next decade, while LTE coverage is being deployed." As such, in 2013, the CDMA industry will deploy the first 1X Advanced and DO Advanced networks commercially to help handle the increased demand for mobile broadband network capacity.

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