IRVINE, CA - Seventeen companies that are developing products
and services necessary to bring Code Division Multiple Access
(CDMA) digital cellular technology to market have formed the
CDMA Development Group (CDG).
The CDG's mission is to define a consistent set of technical
requirements for CDMA features to expedite the introduction
of services to North American consumers. The group's efforts
are based on the existing CDMA standard IS-95, approved last
year by the Telecommunications Industry Association.
The CDG is developing a set of open standards, created for
the cellular industry, that will facilitate market introduction
of CDMA services. In addition, the CDG is working to ensure
complete interoperability among CDMA systems and digital phones.
"This industry effort will help bring about the most
rapid, smooth and successful roll-out of CDMA possible,"
said Ron Grawert, president - GTE Mobilnet. "Commercializing
any new technology is a matter of balancing time-to-market
issues with implementation issues. The CDG's efforts will
give customers the best of both worlds -- feature-rich CDMA
services that have been fully tested to ensure they deliver
on their promises."
CDMA will offer cellular and PCS customers improved voice
quality, enhanced privacy, lower power (and therefore longer
talk-time and lighter-weight) portable handsets, and a rich
set of features. Consumers will benefit from the CDG's efforts
through early access to new and improved cellular features,
added reliability and an even more competitive market for
wireless products and services.
In addition to enlisting the efforts of service providers
and equipment manufacturers, the CDG is taking an industry-wide
approach to shape the future of CDMA products and services.
The group already has formed liaison relationships with the
Telecommunication Industry Association (the North American
standards-setting organization) and the Cellular Digital Packet
Data (CDPD) Forum. In addition, it will work with the Cellular
Telecommunications Industry Association, the Personal Communications
Industry Association and other interested associations to
implement its plans.
The CDG's activities began informally in February of this
year with a core group of companies. Today, nearly a dozen
technical teams and more than 200 individuals are working
to define the technical specifications for CDMA features and
services. Work is already underway on: short messaging, voice
mail alert, asynchronous data and facsimile, cellular paging,
caller ID, higher data rate voice, over-the-air activation,
smart cards and subscriber unit sleep mode, which will help
extend battery life.
To date, 17 companies have joined CDG. The members include:
AirTouch Communications, ALLTEL Mobile, Ameritech Cellular
Services, AT&T, GTE, Hyundai, Maxon, Motorola, Nokia,
Northern Telecom, NYNEX, Oki, QUALCOMM, SAFCO, Sony Electronics,
Sprint Cellular, U S WEST Cellular.