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More Than One Million CDMA Customers by End of 1996

CDMA Congress Focuses on Worldwide Growth

Los Angeles, CA -- December 5, 1996 -- CDMA wireless telephone technology has quickly established itself as the industry standard for new wireless deployment with a total of more than one million commercial customers worldwide using CDMA systems by the end of 1996, the head of an industry group told the opening of the CDMA North American Regional Congress.

Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDMA Development Group (CDG), told the 1996 CDMA North American Regional Congress that wireless systems using Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA ) technology gained hundreds of thousands of new subscribers in the U.S. and Asia in 1996, signaling a trend towards exponential growth in CDMA deployment through the end of the decade.

LaForge said updated statistics released by operators from around the world showed that CDMA, in only its first year of commercial deployment, has achieved the fastest early adoption of any new digital wireless technology.

"This has been a remarkable year for commercial deployment of CDMA and the adoption of CDMA for future deployment in areas of the world with phenomenal growth potential," LaForge told more than 500 industry leaders and technologists attending the three-day conference.

The Congress brought together industry analysts, technical experts and executives of leading telecommunications service providers and equipment manufacturers to discuss the strategies and operational issues that contribute to successful CDMA cellular, wireless local loop and PCS system implementations.

The North American Congress followed closely on the heels of a series of conferences sponsored by the CDG last month in South America, which LaForge described as the next frontier for CDMA deployment. Held in Brazil and Argentina and attended by operators and government officials from throughout South America, the conferences revealed that CDMA will be a likely choice for many South American operators that are upgrading their AMPS or existing digital IS-54 cellular systems, and for new operators implementing PCS.

Presenters at the North American Congress, who were scheduled to highlight the commercial deployment of CDMA systems and recent commercial launches, included:

  • Irwin Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer, QUALCOMM;
  • Graham Haddock, vice president and general manager, Personal Communications Division, Motorola;
  • Scott Erickson, customer business management vice president - North America, AMPS/PCS, Network Wireless Systems, Lucent Technologies;
  • Clyde Smith, vice president, technology, ALLTEL Mobile Communications;
  • Steve Adams, managing director, RF Engineering, PrimeCo Personal Communications
  • Allen Salmasi, president and CEO, NextWave Telecom
  • F. Craig Farrill, vice president, strategic technology, AirTouch Communications
  • Keith Paglusch, vice president, network engineering and operations, Sprint PCS;
  • Ted Hoffman, vice president, technology development, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile;
  • Dr. Joongsoo Ma, director, KMT R&D Center, Korea Mobile Telecom;
  • Edmund Sin, director of cellular networks, Hutchison Telecom;
  • Sal Cinquegrani, vice president of corporate communications, 360° Communications;
  • Brian O'Shaughnessy, vice president, technology planning, Bell Mobility;
  • Tony Muscato, vice president, network planning, Ameritech Cellular Services;
  • Phil Brown, manager, advanced technology planning, GTE Mobilnet; and
  • Gary Drouillard, manager, roaming administration and fraud control, BCTEL Mobility

The conference highlights the commercial deployment of CDMA systems by carriers such as 360° Communications, AirTouch, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, and Sprint PCS.

The agenda also includes discussions of commercial deployments in Asia and other parts of the world, including Hutchison Telecom in Hong Kong, Korea Mobile Telecom in South Korea and DDI In Japan.