Third Annual CDMA World Congress Concludes:
Key Topics Included 3G Issues and Demonstration
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 industrys commitment to the progress of cdmaOne technology," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "The CDG was particularly pleased with Reed Hundts 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
Next years World Congress will be held June 14-18, 1999 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.
Additional facts and figures on CDMA:
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:
--Wireless Local Loop