cdmaOne International Roaming Coverage Continues to Expand; CDMA Development Group Facilitates Worldwide Roaming Coverage
Dallas Convention Center
DALLAS--Sept. 10, 1997--The CDMA Development Group (CDG) Wednesday announced details on cdmaOne international roaming coverage areas in North America and Asia.
Currently, international roaming agreements in North America cover Chicago; Montreal; New York; San Francisco; Seattle; Toronto; Vancouver; and Washington, D.C. In Asia, international roaming agreements now cover Hong Kong and Singapore, reaching a total population of 100 million on both continents.
"International roaming capabilities for cdmaOne operators are simple and effective compared to competing technologies, and their so-called 'smart' chips," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG.
"cdmaOne offers automatic roaming capabilities -- international roaming for the cdmaOne subscriber is as simple as turning on their phone. For example, a subscriber from North America can seamlessly roam while in Hong Kong without the worries of renting another mobile phone or installing a smart chip.
"As commercial cdmaOne networks continue to expand around the world, international roaming will no longer be an issue due to the inherent technology benefits and global acceptance of cdmaOne systems."
The CDG International Roaming Team is actively working to facilitate greater coverage for cdmaOne roaming around the world. The current activities of the team include identifying and resolving issues in roaming agreements, implementing mechanisms for fraud management, resolving issues in IS-41 connectivity, and developing guidelines for use of clearinghouses.
Currently, there are approximately 900,000 cdmaOne subscribers in North America in more than 100 cities. Worldwide, cdmaOne subscribers total more than 4.25 million.
The primary activities of the CDG include development of cdmaOne features and services, public relations, education and seminars, regulatory affairs and international support. Currently there are more than 500 individuals working within various CDG subcommittees on cdmaOne-related matters.