CDMA is like spaghetti – Vodafone CEO

Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin is in India trying to put the finishing touches on Vodafone’s proposed acquisition of Hutch Essar, the number 3 mobile company here. He has been getting a lot of media coverage, which I will spare you now.

However his public slam of the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) mobile technology was something I couldn’t resist sharing with you. When asked by The Times of India if Vodafone will roll out a CDMA network, he replied:

CDMA is like spaghetti. There are too many parts to it. Why do you need it when you have such a clean global standard as GSM? For someone who is already on CDMA it makes sense to graduate to GSM and maybe get out of CDMA eventually.

Of course, Vodafone has no CDMA plans. CDMA is losing friends faster than me losing my pounds. Three large carriers in fast growing markets of China, India and Brazil are re-thinking their CDMA strategies. These are troubling signs for Qualcomm, the primary beneficiary of CDMA standard.