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CDMA Development Group Announces CDMA Americas Congress to Be Held in November 1998

North American Regional Congress Expands to Include Developments Throughout Hemisphere

COSTA MESA, CA, May 26, 1998 -- The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that the 1998 CDMA Americas Congress will be held November 17-20, 1998 at the Century Plaza Hotel and Towers in Los Angeles. The event, formerly titled the CDMA North American Regional Congress, has been expanded to reflect the growing strength of cdmaOne™ technology throughout both North and South America. In addition to providing a comprehensive update on the status of new CDMA deployments in the Americas, the Congress will illuminate the ongoing evolution of cdmaOne technology toward third generation (3G) capabilities.

"The first CDMA Americas Congress represents a landmark in the globalization of cdmaOne," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "cdmaOne has expanded significantly into Central and South America in both fixed and mobile applications. The growing strength of cdmaOne throughout the region made the expansion of the North American event inevitable. At the same time, the increasingly rapid development of new cdmaOne features and services in a variety of areas demanded an event that provided more focused coverage of a broader range of topics. These two themes of globalization and technical evolution are the driving forces behind the Americas Congress."

Besides presentations from leading CDMA operators from both North and South America, the CDMA Americas Congress will offer delegates separate technical sessions dedicated to cdmaOne wireless data capabilities and applications, wireless local loop (WLL) networks, 3G systems development and international roaming. This year's Congress will also feature sessions on operational issues such as business simulation and sales and marketing. In addition, the CDMA Test Forum will run concurrently with the Congress, allowing delegates to learn about the latest CDMA test equipment and network optimization techniques. "Now that the initial deployments of cdmaOne networks are complete, the CDMA Test Forum will address the next phase of growth, where enhancements to coverage and capacity and the introduction of value-added services will become key competitive issues," added LaForge.