SINGAPORE, May 16, 1996 -- The first CDMA World Congress,
held here May 14 through 16, proved a watershed event in the
commercialization of CDMA technology. Nearly 600 attendees,
representing wireless equipment manufacturers and service
providers from every continent, gathered to review the results
of a number of carriers who have already implemented commercial
CDMA service, including Hutchison Telephone Company Ltd. in
Hong Kong and Shinsegi Telecomm Inc. in Korea, who attested
to the benefits CDMA is providing to them as carriers and
to their customers.
The conference also served as a backdrop for major announcements
from some of the world's leading wireless manufacturers and
"The broad international interest, coupled with recent
announcements in North America and Asia, indicates CDMA has
established itself as the clear choice for next-generation
digital wireless communications services," said Perry
LaForge, executive director of CDMA Development Group (CDG),
the conference organizer.
" In addition to AirTouch's announcement of its CDMA
service inauguration in Los Angeles, scores of additional
service providers participating in the Congress indicated
plans for imminent commercial CDMA deployment. The first CDMA
World Congress was a watershed event: 1996 will go down as
the year CDMA became the global digital wireless standard."
Major announcements at the CDMA World Congress included:
AirTouch Communications announced that it had started
commercial CDMA service in the Los Angeles area. Starting
May 15, its customers began using its new digital cellular
service, Powerband .
These customers will benefit from Powerband's enhanced features,
improved call quality, better privacy and batteries that permit
up to five hours of talk-time, or as much as 200% more than
what analog phones offer today.
During the initial service introductory phase, the service
area will cover approximately 3,500 square miles to include
the San Fernando Valley up to Ventura, an area covering over
two million people or one-third of the AirTouch geography
in Los Angeles. AirTouch said it expects a rapid expansion
of its commercial service to new portions of the network,
covering up to 80 percent of the Los Angeles calling area
by year end.
Motorola's Cellular Infrastructure Group (CIG) announced
three multi-million dollar contracts for CDMA digital cellular
technology. Motorola also announced that the world's first
commercial CDMA cellular telephone network in Hong Kong has
reached the 20,000 subscriber milestone. The contracts call
for Motorola CIG to make or sell CDMA networks in China, Peru
In addition, Motorola CIG indicated it will have sold a total
of 4,000 CDMA cell sites by the end of the year.
Lucent Technologies demonstrated its CDMA wireless
air interface, illustrating the convergence of the wired and
wireless networks. The demonstration featured the company's
13 kilobit-per-second (kb/s) voice encoder (vocoder) in a
mobile-to-mobile capability, and its eight kb/s vocoder in
a mobile-to-local area network set-up. The vocoders make it
possible to offer wireless voice quality that is comparable
with land line voice quality.
QUALCOMM Incorporated announced that it has been awarded
a contract valued at $24 million by JSC Sviazinform Chelyabinsk
Region of the Russian Federation to supply CDMA digital cellular
and wireless local loop infrastructure, phones, network planning
and installation services.
In addition, QUALCOOMM announced the opening of three new
offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea, citing the rich
opportunities in Asia for CDMA wireless communications products
The theme of the conference, "The Evolution of CDMA Around
the World." featured speakers from Asia, South America,
Europe and North America. covering issues ranging from commercial
system implementations to the planned evolution of CDMA as
the next generation worldwide standard.
Based upon the overwhelming response to this first ever CDMA
World Congress, the CDG announced plans to continue staging
the event on an annual basis, at an Asian host-country location
to be determined.