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CDMA Becomes World's Fastest Wireless Technology to Market

More Than 12 Million cdmaOne Subscribers Worldwide

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SINGAPORE, June 23, 1998 -- Coinciding with the Third CDMA World Congress, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that cdmaOne had become the world’s fastest to market wireless technology ever. The statement was made in conjunction with the release of cdmaOne subscriber totals at the Third CDMA World Congress in Singapore. In total, there are more than 12.13 million cdmaOne subscribers to date in 34 countries.

"It’s no wonder consumers have made cdmaOne the fastest to market technology ever," said Perry LaForge, executive director, CDG. "It has the best voice quality, the highest battery life, superior in-building penetration and an incredible vending base behind it. Best yet, subscriber numbers are expected to grow exponentially, with approximately 60 million customers by year-end 2000.

"Its presence in every major continent of the world demonstrates its rural strengths as demonstrated by Korea’s national cdmaOne WLL footprint," said LaForge. "Urban markets also benefit from cdmaOne’s unmatched capacity capabilities."

Customer satisfaction has reflected the subscriber growth of cdmaOne. In a survey done by Japanese carriers IDO and DDI, 80 percent of respondents said that cdmaOne voice quality was "as good or better" than wireline service. In addition, Telecom Asia recently dubbed CDMA the hottest wireless technology in Asia. In the United States, consumer advocates concluded CDMA was superior to competing digital technologies in meeting consumer needs. The advocates cited superior privacy and security, battery-life, voice quality and superior reliability.

Global Operators and Manufacturers Adopt cdmaOne
"The growing number of cdmaOne deployments and subscribers is testimony to the enormous success of the technology," said LaForge.
In the two and a half years since cdmaOne first went to market, 96 operators in 34 countries worldwide have elected the technology. A total 64 manufacturing licenses have been granted since cdmaOne’s launch. Of those licensees, eleven are producing more than 40 handset models that will be available by year-end.

As a result of CDG member operators’ and manufacturers’ efforts, cdmaOne has now outpaced all other rival digital wireless technologies except GSM in total subscriber numbers. Global Systems Mobile (GSM) -- a European standard -- first went to market in 1984. Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) -- a second rival technology -- has been on the market much longer (1992) than cdmaOne, but has failed to attract the same market share.

"Not only has cdmaOne attracted many manufacturers and operators, it has also received the world’s best technological input from those very same manufacturers and operators," said LaForge. "We are dedicated to providing enhanced capabilities that will drive the continuous evolution of cdmaOne. The cdmaOne platform is unequaled in providing migration towards next generation systems."

Contributing to the success of cdmaOne during the past two and a half years has been several major initiatives. They are:
Wireless Local Loop (WLL)

  • Currently deployed in 18 countries
  • Will be deployed in 30 countries by year-end
  • cdmaOne WLL systems are some of the world’s largest wireless networks
  • Key features like superior voice quality, wide-area cordless roaming and future last mile solution make cdmaOne WLL the world’s defacto standard

International Roaming

  • Introduced cdmaConnect on February 23
  • Facilitates end-to-end IS-41 roaming between networks
  • Automatic roaming creates significant enhancements in customer satisfaction
  • Automatic roaming also fast-tracks international roaming, ending the need for roaming agreements

Third Generation Wireless

  • Advanced Systems Initiative provides a graceful, migratory path from today’s network to the third generation wireless system, Wideband cdmaOne
  • Incredible new features and services created by high-speed transmission rates (144 Kbps mobile, 384 Kbps portable and 2 Mbps fixed)
  • Expanded coverage combined with seamless mobility
  • Low cost, user-friendly handsets and infrastructure