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CDMA Development Group Reaffirms 3G Stance

CDG Maintains Harmonization Is The Best Path For 3G

SINGAPORE, June 23, 1998 -- The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that it is standing firm on its previous statement that harmonization of third generation mobile technologies (3G) is the most beneficial route for IMT-2000. In its May 6 statement (below), the CDG noted that harmonization provides the wireless industry economies of scale and a competitive environment that focuses on features and services, rather than technical standards. Other benefits of harmonization include lower R&D and deployment costs, worldwide roaming, stronger wireless competition with landline telecommunications systems, fulfillment of the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) IMT 2000 goals, and most importantly, increased consumer satisfaction.

Tuesday's announcement was made by Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG at the Third Annual CDMA World Congress at the Raffles City Convention Centre in the Westin Stamford & Westin Plaza, Singapore. The CDMA World Congress will continue through June 25.

"With the regional standards process ending and the focus of the 3G effort moving to the ITU, it is more important than ever before to remain focused on harmonization," said LaForge. "The CDG will continue to work towards harmonization of 3G standards throughout the entire IMT 2000 process, and will remain open to discussing any reasonable proposals."

LaForge's remarks were made at a CDG press conference Tuesday on trade-related telecommunications issues that featured former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt and former U.S. Senator Larry Pressler (R-SD), the author of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.