cdmaOne Emerges As Leading Wirless Technology For China Marketplace
CDMA Development Group Receives Overwhelming Response from Conclusion of its China CDMA International Summit and Wideband cdmaOne Forum In Beijing
COSTA MESA, Calif., April 6, 1998 Indicating clear acceptance of cdmaOne technology for the Chinese wireless market, The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced the conclusion of its highly successful 1998 China CDMA International Summit and Wideband cdmaOne Forum. Both events, attended by more than 1,000 delegates, were held on March 23-26, at the China World Hotel in Beijing.
"The high attendance level at the Wideband cdmaOne Forum and China CDMA International Summit is indicative of the growing acceptance of cdmaOne and demonstrates significant opportunities throughout China for cdmaOne operators and manufacturers. As we have seen over the past year, cdmaOne cellular systems have been tremendously successful in major Chinese cities including Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Xian," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "In addition, Chinese officials expressed keen interest in the progress of third generation (3G) cdmaOne technology, and the CDG looks forward to working closely with the Chinese telecommunications community to continue these discussions."
China CDMA International Summit
The growing acceptance of cdmaOne at the China CDMA International Summit was clearly reflected in the very positive attitudes toward the technology expressed by Yang Qianli, Chief Engineer for China CECEC and chairman of Day One at the Summit, and Chang Xiaobing, deputy director general of China Telecom, MPT, who delivered the opening address. In addition, He Fuqi, director general for the Office of the State Radio Regulatory Commission, praised the spectral efficiency of cdmaOne, which provides superior subscriber capacity to meet long-term demands for wireless services.
Managers of the cdmaOne cellular trial systems now in operation in China reported the same high levels of performance other cdmaOne systems have demonstrated worldwide. Sun Han, Chief Engineer of the cdmaOne 800 MHz cellular network operated by Beijing Telecom, reported call completion rates of 97% and dropped call rates of less than 2%. The system also demonstrated successful "soft" handoff completion rates of more than 99.7%. The Beijing network currently has a capacity of 45,000 subscribers and 31 cell sites, but it is expected to expand to 540,000 subscribers and 120 cell sites by the end of the year 2000. The chief engineer of the cdmaOne cellular trial system in the city of Xi'an, Shang Ya Hui, reported call completion rates of 99.4%. The Xi'an system has a current capacity of 13,200 subscribers using 12 cell sites.
Wideband cdmaOne Forum
At the Wideband cdmaOne Forum, leading cdmaOne operators and manufacturers presented a comprehensive update on the next generation development of cdmaOne wireless technology to representatives from the Chinese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, as well as Chinese wireless network operators and telecommunications research institutes.
The international partnership working to develop Wideband cdmaOne was clearly demonstrated in the roster of speakers at the Forum. Brian OShaughnessy, vice president of technology development for Bell Mobility of Canada, and Tadashi Onodera, executive vice president of Japans DDI Corporation, reflected the high level of operator participation in Wideband cdmaOne development efforts. Representatives from leading cdmaOne manufacturers included Dr. Soo Young Chai, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Samsung Electronics; Dr. Minsoo Suk, senior vice president for research and development at Hyundai Electronics Industries; Anil Kripalani, senior vice president of global standards development for QUALCOMM, Inc.; John Marinho, director for wireless standards development at Lucent Technologies; Dr. Ching Chuang, chief technologist for Motorola, China; and Doug McGregor, director of CDMA product line management for Nortel.