Overwhelming Response to Latin American Forum Demonstrates cdmaOne Technology Most Beneficial for Region
Latin America Recognized as a Key Growth Area for the World's Fastest to Market Wireless Technology
COSTA MESA, Calif., August 24, 1998 -- The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced the conclusion of its successful Latin American Forum held last week in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The event was attended by more than 300 delegates, primarily from Latin America, who heard leading wireless executives' perspectives on the global acceptance of cdmaOne technology.
"The high level of attendance at the CDMA Latin American Forum demonstrates the tremendous opportunity for growth in the Latin American region. In addition, with the formation of the CDG's Latin American Interest Group, the CDG will bring together representatives from member companies to apply their collective experience and expertise to the region, further accelerating the technology throughout Central and South America," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "The CDG was extremely pleased with the amount of interest and support voiced from Latin American wireless operators, and we look forward to the technology's continued success in Mexico and Brazil, particularly in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Furthermore, cdmaOne manufacturers are taking an active role with operators, addressing the inherent benefits of cdmaOne for urban and rural areas -- underscoring that the technology is a natural fit for Latin America, both for fixed and mobile wireless applications."
Global wireless executives delivered presentations on a variety of cdmaOne topics including CDMA systems in rural environments, evolving CDMA data capabilities and the economics of Wireless Local Loop (WLL). Case studies from Telefonica del Peru and Telecomunicaciones de Guatemala provided background on operators' experiences with CDMA in Latin America. Other speakers at the Forum included representatives from several leading cdmaOne operators including Grupo Iusacell and GTE Wireless, as well as cdmaOne manufacturers including Lucent, Motorola, NEC, Nortel and QUALCOMM.
"Given the overwhelming success and positive feedback resulting from this year's Forum, the CDG will host a similar, comprehensive CDMA Latin America-specific event in the summer of 1999," noted LaForge.