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Support Grows for the Family of Systems Concept in the United States

3G Harmonization Efforts Continue Throughout the World

COSTA MESA, Calif., May 4, 1998 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that it is encouraged by the United States Government’s progress in embracing the Family of Systems concept for third generation (3G) wireless systems contributions to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). This is based on the outcome of a recent preparatory meeting held in Washington D.C. by the U.S. State Department concerning upcoming submissions to the ITU for 3G wireless systems.

"We are very pleased with the recent U.S. Government preparatory meeting where the Family of Systems concept was reviewed. There was universal support for the concept, leading the CDG to fully anticipate that it will be key to submissions forwarded to the ITU in the near future," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "The CDG has been active in ensuring that the Family of Systems concept receives acceptance."

This recent support for the Family of Systems concept coincides with other 3G-related cdmaOne issues including recent successful meetings between the Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) in Korea and the United States’ Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) 45.5 Ad Hoc Committee, as well as between Japan’s Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB) and the TIA.

Korea’s TTA and the U.S. TIA just concluded a meeting to discuss 3G standardization, resulting in the establishment of a formal relationship between the standards bodies. Japan’s ARIB, which has hosted several meetings to address harmonization, also met with the TIA for 3G standards discussions. The groups will continue to meet intensively over the next several months.

"We continue to be extremely encouraged by the spirit of cooperation demonstrated by the standards bodies in Asia with respect to harmonization," commented LaForge. "We recognize the significant role played by Korea and Japan in IMT-2000. In addition, we applaud their willingness to sit down with the TIA to resolve differences in the proposals."

The CDG is also encouraged that the TIA is taking action to harmonize a CDMA proposal within the association. In addition, the CDG hopes that the TIA will then work with other North American standards bodies to provide one CDMA proposal from North America to the ITU.

"We have received input from cdmaOne and GSM proponents alike that there is a strong desire for a single, common CDMA air interface proposal for IMT-2000 -- those opposed to harmonization seem to be in the minority," concluded LaForge.