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cdmaOne™ Captures Two Largest Cities in Brazil

cdmaOne Continues to Capture Major Growth Markets Throughout Latin America

COSTA MESA, Calif., May 4, 1998 — Based on recent decisions to adopt cdmaOne technology by leading wireless carriers in Brazil’s A-Band spectrum allocations, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that cdmaOne has continued to capture major markets in Latin America. Leading Brazilian operators Telesp Cellular and Telerj Cellular will provide cdmaOne service to more than 1.6 million subscribers in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the country’s two largest metropolitan markets.

"Latin America has always been considered a growth market for cdmaOne technology," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "We believe that its recent adoption by A-band Brazilian operators will lead to additional opportunities for cdmaOne in the region, not only in the cellular band, but in future PCS and Wireless Local Loop (WLL) networks. This will ultimately enable the entire country to capitalize on cdmaOne technology’s inherent advantages. We look forward to further deployments of cdmaOne mobile and fixed wireless systems throughout the region, particularly in Mexico, Peru and Argentina."
cdmaOne member manufacturer NEC do Brasil recently announced that the company had won the contracts to supply Telesp Cellular and Telerj Cellular with cdmaOne network infrastructure equipment for the country’s two largest metropolitan markets.

Mr. Joao Miguel de Rocha Filho, sales manager of the Wireless Business Unit for NEC do Brasil, stated "NEC believes that these operators chose cdmaOne technology because it provides the region with a significant increase in capacity, thereby offering operators the most economical solution compared to competing wireless technologies. Additional advantages offered by cdmaOne include its ability to provide superior voice quality and data capabilities, making it the most capable wireless technology choice for both operators and subscribers throughout Brazil."