NEW ORLEANS -- The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced
the creation of a new international working group within the
organization to address CDMA development issues in countries
outside the United States.
Through this new working group, manufacturers, carriers and
government entities involved in the implementation of Code
Division Multiple Access (CDMA) worldwide can participate
in the CDG efforts. By leveraging CDG activities in the United
States, other countries will be able to accelerate time-to-market
and open up opportunities to export CDMA-based wireless communications
products to the U.S.
"The creation of the international CDG group will help
facilitate commonality among CDMA systems worldwide,"
said Allen Salmasi, president, Wireless Telecommunications
Division, QUALCOMM Incorporated. "This will allow everyone
to benefit from economies of scale and help ensure that feature-rich
services are available domestically and internationally using
the CDMA standard."
As a part of the new international group, the CDG has already
formed a Korean working group and is currently discussing
membership with carriers and manufacturers in other areas,
including countries in Southeast Asia, South America, the
Middle East, North America and Europe.
"Through the CDG, other countries will be able to participate
in the detailed interoperability and feature testing that
we are conducting here in the U.S., " noted Craig Farrill,
vice president of Technology, Planning and Development, AirTouch
Communications. "This information sharing will help reduce
the time required to bring new CDMA services on-line in these
The CDMA Development Group also announced that it will begin
publishing CDG specifications, requirements documents and
test plans that the group has developed over the last year.
This documentation, which the CDG calls "Reference Documents,"
will allow carriers and manufacturers to refer to CDG documentation
when, for instance, ordering equipment.
For example, the CDG recently completed a specification for
higher data rate, 13 KBPS voice coding. The CDG will make
this specification (Reference Document) available to any and
all interested parties, which will allow manufacturers to
immediately begin developing products based on the CDG specification.
"The Reference Document approach is similar to the tack
we took for CDPD," states Evan Richards, vice president
of technology at Ameritech. "We first create the specification,
conduct tests and then make the documents available to the
rest of the industry. This open process dramatically improves
our time-to-market and allows a number of manufacturers to
begin building product now."
To date, the CDG has created Reference Documents in the following
Interoperability Test Plans
Short Message Services (e.g., Paging, Voice Mail Alert,
Subscriber Access Control
Higher Data Rate Voice (Physical Layer and Codec)
Cellular Sleep Mode
The CDG plans to make other Reference Documents available
in the near future. Current plans call for the CDG to address
techniques for simplified nationwide roaming, enhanced intersystem
operation between cellular and PCS systems and smart card
interfaces, among other items.
Reference Document order forms can be obtained from the CDG
by contacting Cristy Seyler at Pittiglio Rabin Todd and McGrath,
phone (714) 545-9400 and fax (714) 545-8600.
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 over 30 companies,
a dozen technical teams and more than 400 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 features.