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cdmaOne™ Emerges As Global Standard For Fixed Wireless Networks cdmaOne Demonstrates Commercial Viability of Open Wireless Local Loop Standard

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 3, 1997 -- Highlighting the accelerating growth of cdmaOne network deployments around the world, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced a significant expansion in cdmaOne global Wireless Local Loop (WLL) deployments and product availability during 1997 * (see attached TABLE I and TABLE II for cdmaOne WLL deployment and product line information). The rapid global expansion of cdmaOne WLL networks underscores the emergence of the technology as a leading global standard for fixed wireless networks.

"The clearest proof of the emergence of cdmaOne as a global WLL standard is the number of deployments that have occurred this year. By the end of 1997, as many as 16 cdmaOne WLL networks will be in commercial operation or deployment around the world," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDMA Development Group. "In addition, the selection of cdmaOne fixed wireless terminals from CDG member companies is expected to increase substantially in 1998 as new entrants to the WLL marketplace unveil additional cdmaOne solutions."

Compared to competing wireless technologies, cdmaOne WLL systems offer network operators a number of significant advantages. First, the inherent ability of cdmaOne to provide superior capacity is substantially increased in WLL systems. In addition, cdmaOne technology provides unmatched flexibility by supporting fixed, low mobility, and wide area cordless service on the same system. For network operators, this allows implementation of both fixed and mobile service without substantial additional investment and provides an easy path toward service differentiation.

Also, cdmaOne WLL systems offer network operators superior capability for meeting rapid increases in subscriber demand. The simple frequency reuse pattern of cdmaOne allows operators to easily expand the number of cell sites or sectors per cells to accommodate rapid subscriber growth. In addition, the ability to vary sector size dynamically to meet changes in demand provides operators with a powerful tool to maximize both service quality and revenue generation.

The fact that cdmaOne is an open standard creates further advantages for network operators and subscribers alike. For operators, open standards provide interoperability between the network infrastructure and the terminal equipment of various manufacturers. Thus, there is no risk of being captive to only one equipment vendor as is the case with proprietary WLL systems.

"In addition, the economies of scale that are now inherent in the production of cdmaOne equipment also benefits operators and consumers," added LaForge. "With significant volume already achieved in cdmaOne network equipment and terminals for mobile systems, cdmaOne WLL equipment will enjoy significant cost advantages compared to equipment based on other wireless standards."

The CDG also has a WLL team, formed to champion cdmaOne as the worldwide wireless solution for providing wireline equivalent voice and data services, plus mobile voice, data and messaging services to both fixed and mobile users on a single, intelligent network. The CDG's WLL team's next meeting is scheduled for January 6, 1998, in San Diego, California. For more information on the Group's WLL activities, please contact the CDG at 1-888-800-CDMA.

Table I lists currently available cdmaOne WLL product lines from CDG member companies.

Table I - cdmaOne WLL Product Lines

Company Product Line Operating Frequencies
Hughes Network Systems GMH 2000CTM 800 MHZ; 1900 MHZ
Lucent Technologies Autoplex ® System 1000 800 MHZ
Lucent Technologies CDMA Fixed Wireless Application 1900 MHZ
Motorola WiLL ® 800 MHZ; 1900 MHZ
Nortel Proximity C 800 MHZ; 1900 MHZ
QUALCOMM Qcore ™ 800 MHZ; 1900 MHZ
Samsung SCW-F Handsets 800 MHZ; 1900 MHZ

Table II details information on current cdmaOne WLL deployments around the world.

Table II - cdmaOne WLL Deployments

Country Carrier Status City/Region Manufacturer
Brazil Telebahia Trial Operation Bahia QUALCOMM
Brazil Telemig Trial Agreement Minas Gerais Motorola
China MPT Trial Completed Shanghai Motorola
China MPT Trial Completed Fujian Motorola
China MPT Trial Completed Jiangsu Motorola
China MPT Trial Underway Tianjin Motorola
Egypt ARENTO Trial Operation Cairo Motorola
Guatemala GuaTel Commercial Operation as of November, 1997 Guatemala City Nortel
India DoT Commercial Operation as of May, 1997 New Delhi QUALCOMM
India Bharti Telecom Commercial Agreement Madhya Pradesh Motorola
Indonesia PT Telecom Commercial Agreement Surabaya Motorola
Nigeria Intercellular Deploying in 1998 Lagos Motorola
Nigeria Intercellular Deploying in 1998 Abuja Motorola
Philippines PT&T Commercial Agreement Luzon QUALCOMM
Poland TPSA Commercial in early 1998 Nationwide  Motorola
Russia Svyazinform Commercial Operation as of Sept. 1997 Chelyabinsk QUALCOMM
Russia MTU-Inform/Pcomm Commercial Operation in Dec. 1997 Moscow QUALCOM
Russia Rostov Electrosviaz Commercial Operation as of Oct. 1997 Rostov QUALCOMM
Russia Rostov Electrosviaz Commercial Operation in Nov. 1997 Novocherkaask Nortel
Ukraine Telesystems Ukraine Commercial Operation in Dec. 1997 Kiev QUALCOMM
United States CENTENNIAL Commercial Operation as of July 1997 Puerto Rico Lucent
United States Bell Atlantic Mobile Trial Planned New Jersey Lucent
Yemen Yemen PTC Currently Deploying Aden Motorola