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Second Annual cdma World Congress To Celebrate Rapid Global Deployment and Highland Future Developments

COSTA MESA, CA, February 26, 1997 -- Against a backdrop of dozens of installed systems covering hundreds of cities and millions of customers worldwide, CDMA service providers and equipment makers will gather for a second time in Singapore to review the rapid worldwide deployment of CDMA and celebrate its growing acceptance as a global standard for digital wireless technology.

Delegates to the Second Annual CDMA World Congress, to be held June 2-6 at the Raffles City Convention Center in Singapore, will also learn of new applications for wireless local loop, LEO satellite communications networks, and developments for the next generation of CDMA systems.

"In just ten months of commercial deployment, CDMA's phenomenal global expansion and adoption marks the most successful introduction of any new communications technology to date," said Perry LaForge, executive director of CDMA Development Group (CDG), the conference organizer. "We have learned some valuable lessons from the first commercial launches over the past year and we'll be sharing these along with business cases for future deployments."

LaForge said the first CDMA World Congress, held one year ago in Singapore, proved a watershed event in the commercialization of CDMA technology. "CDMA technology has seen unprecedented growth in the past year, with successful commercial launches in the United States and Asia" he said, noting that the significance of the technology's success in Asia, the most dynamic growth area in communications today, cannot be overstated.

The conference is expected to attract more than 800 attendees, representing wireless equipment manufacturers and service providers from every continent. They will gather to discuss their immediate plans for further wide-scale deployment of CDMA networks and critical issues in marketing CDMA products and services.

The conference will also serve as a backdrop for major announcements from some of the world's leading manufacturers and service providers. An outstanding exhibition displaying the latest CDMA infrastructure, subscriber and test equipment will provide ample opportunity to view the newest CDMA products.

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Neil Montefiore, Chief Executive of Singapore MobileOne PTE
  • Dr. Jung Uck Seo, President of Korea Mobile Telecom
  • Doug Dwyer, President of Globalstar L.P.
  • Craig Farrill, Vice President, Strategic Technology of AirTouch Communications
  • Keith Kaczmarek, Vice President, Engineering and Chief Technology Officer of PrimeCo Personal Communications
  • Ferdi Schell, Vice President, Engineering of BC Tel Mobility
  • Randy Crouse, Assistant Vice President, Technology of GTE Wireless
  • Irwin Jacobs, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of QUALCOMM, Inc
  • Tony Hennen, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Motorola Cellular Infrastructure Group Product Operations
  • Scott Erickson, Vice President and General Manager of Wireless Infrastructure, Lucent Technologies
  • Matt Desch, President, Wireless Networks Division of Northern Telecom

In addition to an exceptional line-up of speakers, workshops tailored to varying professional needs will examine essential technical and market development issues for service providers.

An introductory workshop titled "Fundamentals of CDMA for Non-Technical Professionals" will address the needs of marketing, financial and sales managers as well as analysts and corporate communications managers. Technical professionals will benefit from the "Technical Planning for CDMA Network Deployment" workshop. The "Building Your CDMA Wireless Business" workshop will address the needs of general managers, strategic planners and market developers.

To register for the CDMA World Congress, please contact IIR Singapore by telephone at +65-338-4755 or by fax at +65-334-6055. Registration information is also available on the CDMA Development Group website at