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CDMA Development Group Launches Expanded Plan to Develop Next Generation Wireless Standard

Invites Participation from Global Community in Worldwide Standardization Effort

TOKYO, Japan, June 23, 1997 -- In order to facilitate a universal, worldwide standard for next generation wireless communications, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced an expanded effort to support the development of a Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) standard for third generation wireless systems. A draft third generation standard was recently introduced into the CDG's Steering Committee, and the CDG invites cooperation from countries around the world in preparing this draft standard for submission to standards-making bodies.

Today's announcement was made at a press conference in Tokyo, Japan hosted by Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG.

"The CDMA Development Group and its member companies recognize Japan's significant contributions in the area of next generation CDMA technology. The CDG extends a special invitation to these leaders and innovators to participate as equal contributors in developing this worldwide standard," said LaForge. "We welcome suggestions for possible methods of consolidation so as to facilitate submission to the appropriate Japanese standards bodies in order to achieve the common vision of a global third generation standard. Also invited to participate in this work effort will be representatives from other Asian nations. The specifications will subsequently be submitted to international and regional standards bodies in an effort to ensure compatibility of a universal, worldwide, next generation standard."

Those standards bodies include the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB) in Japan, the Telecommunications Technology Association of Korea (TTA), the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) in the U.S., the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in Europe, and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

This builds on an announcement made by the CDG on April 9, 1997, on its initiatives for next generation wireless communication systems that will provide a growth path for existing cdmaOne systems.

The proposed standard will accommodate high speed data transmission, full-motion video, video conferencing and Internet access, all consistent with the performance requirements of the ITU for third generation wireless systems.

"The CDG represents the interest of vendors and operators active in the global wireless marketplace. It is vitally important that next generation standards protect current and planned investments in CDMA technology," added LaForge. "The CDG has already secured support from many of its 75 worldwide companies to support the development of this standard, and welcomes participation from other countries to assist in this pivotal effort."

The CDG also announced plans to host a series of seminars for wireless companies in Japan, Korea and other countries to include roundtable discussions focusing on next generation issues. Information and input received from the discussions will be considered for the final CDG draft standard.