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cdmaOne Continues to Expand Throughout the Americas with Recent Significant Contract Wins in Brazil and Throughout Central and South America

cdmaOne To Accommodate World's Largest Roaming Border Between Mexico and U.S.

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LOS ANGELES, Nov.18, 1998 -- Already dominant in North America with more than 5 million wireless subscribers, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that cdmaOne has emerged as a leading wireless technology of choice for all of the Americas. Recent significant contract wins in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with Telesp Cellular, as well as other regions including Mexico and Chile, illustrate that cdmaOne has continued to capture major growth markets in Central and South America.

Today's announcement was made by Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG, at the 1998 CDMA Americas Congress at the Century Plaza Hotel and Tower in Los Angeles. The conference will continue through Nov. 20, 1998.

"cdmaOne growth is just beginning to explode in countries such as Brazil, and it is clear that it will establish a dominant position as it has in other parts of the world. The continued commitment to deploy cdmaOne throughout Central and South America by leading wireless operators and manufacturers further validates the technology as the superior choice for digital deployment today, with a seamless evolution path for the future," said LaForge. In addition, cdmaOne technology's dominant position in North America makes it a natural choice for Latin America, especially for Mexico to facilitate roaming on the world's largest roaming border."

In Mexico, cdmaOne is scheduled for commercial launch in the country's four largest wireless markets - Mexico City, Monterey, Guadalajara and Tijuana. Currently present in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Venezuela, Latin American operators Telesp Cellular and Grupo Telefonica have recently announced their adoption of cdmaOne, expanding the technology's presence in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Sergipe. In addition, Chilesat recently announced cdmaOne commercial launch reaching subscribers in Santiago and Vina del Mar.