CDMA Development Group Releases Statement Welcoming Support of cdma Technology for 3G Evolution Process
Foundation In Place For Harmonization Of Technologies And Unified Global 3G Standard
COSTA MESA, Calif., May 6, 1998 -- The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today released a statement welcoming the recent announcement of support for CDMA technology by GSM interest groups in North America. Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG said, "We are pleased that the North American GSM community has vocalized its support of the CDMA air-interface as an element of 3G wireless systems. Discussions among worldwide standards bodies have shown that cdmaOne (ANSI-95) CDMA is the basis of wideband CDMA proposals currently under consideration. For GSM operators to express support for CDMA is a long-awaited and welcome development, as it lays the groundwork for joint efforts toward harmonization of W-CDMA with Wideband cdmaOne."
"In contrast to some perspectives," LaForge added,
"harmonization is a definite advantage to both GSM and
cdmaOne operators and their customers. It will provide global
economies of scale, thereby driving down prices for operators
and, ultimately, consumers. Furthermore, it will provide an
atmosphere where features and services, not technologies,
are the basis of competition. This will be a powerful stimulus
to innovation. Many of the European and Asian GSM operators
expressed support for harmonization at the recent GSM World
Congress, and we have been working with them. Unfortunately,
a few North American GSM operators appear concerned that harmonization
will give North American CDMA operators a competitive advantage
and have attempted to undermine harmonization efforts. It
is incongruous to see this small group of GSM North American
operators arguing against integrating the North American network
standard ANSI-41 with GSM (i.e. the Family of Systems Concept).
They do so only to undermine their IS-136 and cdmaOne competitors.
Such gamesmanship will create an atmosphere of hostility and
will very likely lead to substantial delays in the deployment
of 3G systems by GSM operators in North America, which will
impact 3G migration worldwide. This will be detrimental for
the GSM and cdmaOne communities alike. We need to cooperate
on this issue, as the entire 3G debate is at a critical juncture.
The possibility of extensive delays due to protracted intellectual
property debates is looming on the horizon."
"Another extremely important aspect of the 3G debate is the evolution of the core network and the Family of Systems," added LaForge. "Although the Family of Systems was not fully supported by all technology proponents when it was first outlined in the ITU, the CDG has continued to emphasize the benefit of this concept and has actively participated in its definition. We are pleased to see now that this concept is being actively defined in the ITU. We are hopeful that those who initially resisted the Family of Systems will constructively add to the specification. If core networks are defined equally within the Family of Systems, and a robust, open interface exists between these networks, the best possible environment will exist for implementing 3G services."