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CDMA Development Group And CTIA Announce Certification Program For cdmaOne™ Handsets

ORLANDO, Fla., and WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 3, 1997 -- The CDMA Development Group (CDG) and Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) today jointly announced that they have finalized the details of an agreement to implement a certification program for cdmaOne handsets. By taking advantage of the CDG's CDMA expertise and CTIA's certification experience, the two groups expect to have the program running in the first quarter of 1998.

Today’s announcement was made at the CDMA North American Regional Congress held in Orlando, Florida, December 3-4, 1997 at the Peabody Hotel.

The agreement between the CDG and CTIA is international in scope and provides certification for the full range of cdmaOne cellular, PCS, and wireless local loop (WLL) subscriber products. CTIA’s Certification program, established in 1991, evaluates equipment for certification through unbiased testing procedures. CTIA’s Certification program already supports AMPS, NAMPS, TDMA and GSM-1900, and is expanding to support all wireless technology interfaces.

"This is a key milestone in the continued deployment of cdmaOne. The program will provide manufacturers with a benchmark for developing the highest quality terminals," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "CDG member companies from around the world will utilize this testing program to ensure handset compliance on a number of important parameters. The agreement allows for testing of both cdmaOne and analog capabilities and was developed by the CDG certification team in conjunction with the CTIA."

Thomas E. Wheeler, CTIA President and CEO, said, "By expanding CTIA’s Certification program to embrace CDMA products, we are ensuring that consumers have more options when selecting CTIA-certified handsets. By selecting CTIA-certified cdmaOne handsets, consumers are choosing equipment that performs to stringent industry requirements."

The CTIA Certification program will provide independent verification that cdmaOne subscriber products conform to industry standards. When a cdmaOne handset passes certification, the manufacturer earns the right to exhibit the Certification Seal on the product and packaging and to use the seal in their advertising. The Certification Seal, in turn, signifies to consumers that the handset meets or exceeds the industry’s performance standards.

CTIA is the international association for the wireless telecommunication industry, representing all elements of wireless communications — cellular, PCS, enhanced specialized mobile radio, wireless data and mobile satellite services.