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CDMA Development Group announces Advanced Systems initiative for next-generation wireless communications systems

CDMA technology embraced by global wireless operators and industry leaders

COSTA MESA, Calif.--April 9, 1997-- In a move illuminating the global evolutionary path of IS-95-based Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) Wednesday announced its ongoing Advanced Systems initiative.

The goal of CDG's Advanced Systems initiative is to guide the evolution of CDMA to meet requirements for wireless broadband services well into the 21st century -- thus providing a clear growth path for operators of existing CDMA systems.

The CDG's Advanced System team already involves wireless industry leaders from Japan, Korea, the United States and other countries, all of whom are working together to develop multimedia capabilities for wireless networks. These capabilities include high-speed data transmission, full-motion video, video conferencing and Internet access.

"A significant number of countries around the world have chosen IS-95 CDMA technology for today's wireless service," said Perry LaForge, executive director of CDG. "With the world going wideband, CDG's Advanced Systems initiative will play a prominent role in developing the next generation of CDMA technology. We want to ensure that current CDMA system operators will have a simplified evolution to next-generation services."

The CDG is finalizing requirements to be submitted to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for next-generation IS-95-based CDMA systems, and is currently working with service providers and manufacturers to define the capabilities that will provide a multitude of flexible, seamless services that are not available with current wireless systems.

In Japan, NTT DoCoMo recently announced that it will be working with a number of manufacturers to support development of a wideband CDMA standard. Eight of the manufacturers selected by NTT are members of the CDMA Development Group, including Lucent Technologies, Motorola and NEC. The CDG Advanced Systems team intends to work closely with the Japanese standardization effort.

"NTT DoCoMo's interest in wideband CDMA further demonstrates CDMA's inherent advantages for both operators and their customers," added LaForge. "IS-95 CDMA is the only wideband digital standard commercially deployed today and is now viewed as the technology of choice for Cellular, PCS and Wireless Local Loop applications. It is now clear that IS-95 will serve as the foundation for wideband next-generation systems as well."