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Third Annual CDMA World Congress Concludes:

Key Topics Included 3G Issues and Demonstration

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COSTA MESA, Calif., July 1, 1998 -- The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today released highlights from its highly successful Third Annual CDMA World Congress held last week in Singapore. Delivering the keynote address to over 1,000 delegates, former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Reed Hundt shared his views on third generation (3G) issues. Leading wireless authorities also discussed the rapid worldwide deployment of cdmaOne™ and its acceptance as a global standard for digital wireless technology.

"The overwhelming response to the Third Annual CDMA World Congress clearly demonstrates the industry’s commitment to the progress of cdmaOne technology," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "The CDG was particularly pleased with Reed Hundt’s advocacy of harmonization on 3G standards issues and his support of open standards and free trade within the global telecommunications environment."

Major announcements at the World Congress included the latest subscriber and operator counts for cdmaOne, the fastest ever wireless technology to market:

12.13 million cdmaOne worldwide subscribers with an expectation that the number will surpass 18 million by December 1998

  • Over 8.75 million subscribers in Asia
  • Over 3.23 million subscribers in North America
  • Over 130,000 subscribers in the Caribbean and South America
  • Over 100 cdmaOne operators in commercial service or deploying networks in 35 countries around the world

Next year’s World Congress will be held June 14-18, 1999 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.

Additional facts and figures on CDMA:

  • cdmaOne is the universal term for IS-95 based CDMA specifications. The term serves as an umbrella for the worldwide family of products that are based on the IS-95 air-interface, namely wireless local loop, PCS and cellular technology

cdmaOne Customer Satisfaction

--In Japan, of 1,400 cdmaOne users surveyed, over 80 percent reported that cdmaOne had voice quality "as good or better" than wireline

--In the United States, the consumer advocate group TRAC concluded that cdmaOne was superior to competing digital technologies in meeting consumer needs. Primary benefits included:

  • Superior voice quality
  • Superior reliability, with "soft-handoff" causing fewer dropped calls
  • Superior privacy and security
  • Longer battery life and talk-time

cdmaOne Benefits

--Wireless Local Loop

  • The current cdmaOne WLL network deployment rate indicates the technology has emerged as the global WLL standard
  • Currently deployed in 18 countries
  • Will be deployed in 30 countries by year-end

--International Roaming

  • Asian and North American cdmaOne carriers are already linked by agreements that allow seamless international roaming between cdmaOne networks
  • South America represents a huge potential market for such services
  • cdmaOne carriers will benefit from increased revenues from international roaming services.

--Third Generation

  • The CDG announced major advances in the capabilities of cdmaOne technology. As part of an aggressive initiative, the CDG and its members will develop enhanced capabilities and provide 3G services well in advance of the ITU’s IMT-2000 timeline.