CDG Membership Expands To 30 Companies
IRVINE, Calif. -- The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today
announced the creation of a new working group within the organization
to address a wide range of wireless Personal Communications
Services (PCS) issues.
With the PCS broadband auctions underway, the new working
group is charged with monitoring PCS technology requirements;
developing Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) specifications
for new PCS services; defining approaches for cellular and
PCS network compatibility; and promoting the rapid deployment
of wireless CDMA PCS networks and services across the country.
"The promise of anytime, anywhere communications will
be fully realized only if existing and future wireless systems
work together to provide consumers with easy-to-use services,"
said Terry Vega, vice president and chief operating officer,
AT&T AUTOPLEX(R) Systems. "To deliver on that promise,
the CDG is working to ensure interoperability between CDMA
cellular and PCS systems. This network compatibility will
facilitate seamless roaming and feature transparency, and
create economies of scale for carriers offering CDMA services
in both the cellular and PCS spectrum bands."
"When you boil down all the PCS research we've done,
one fact remains -- customers don't care what frequency they
use; they just want the call to go through," said Dick
Lynch, vice president and chief technology officer for Bell
Atlantic Mobile and a CDG board member. "For carriers,
that means creating a seamless, nationwide network. Through
the work being done in the CDG, and efforts like our upcoming
2 GHz CDMA trial with AT&T, we can make it happen."
As a basis for its work, the CDG is using the PCS derivative
of the CDMA standard IS-95, known as PN-3384. This specification
has been approved for ballot as an ANSI standard by the Telecommunications
Industry Association and the Standards Committee T1 Telecommunications.
The CDMA Development Group also announced that 12 more wireless
carriers and manufacturers have been accepted into the CDG,
bringing the total number of member companies to 30. New members
include Comcast Cellular, Allen Telecom Group, Alps, Audiovox,
Comsearch, DataCard, Gemplus, Goldstar, Hewlett-Packard, LCC,
Primary Access and Samsung.
To qualify for membership, companies must demonstrate a substantial
commitment to the development and/or deployment of CDMA cellular
or PCS systems, and contribute significant technical and business
resources to support the CDG's work.
"The CDG is an exceptional organization composed of the
leading telecommunications companies in the world," said
Don Harris, president of Comcast Cellular. "We are pleased
to be part of this team, and we look forward to the continued
acceleration of CDMA service and technology development."
In addition to welcoming 12 new member companies, the CDG
has elected three new directors to its executive board. The
new directors are Ray Dombrowski, vice-president-Engineering
and New Technology for Comcast Cellular; Keith Paglusch, vice-president-Engineering
and Network Operations for Sprint Cellular; and Clyde Smith,
vice-president-Technology and Network Planning for ALLTEL
The CDMA Development Group was formed to foster the development
of open standards that will spur the market introduction of
CDMA voice and data services. Currently, a dozen technical
teams and more than 200 individuals are working to define
technical specifications for CDMA features and services. CDMA
is an all-digital technology designed to provide improved
call quality, enhanced privacy and a rich set of new wireless