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1998 CDMA Americas Congress a Phenomenal Success; First-Of-Its-Kind Press Summit Provides 3G Facts

COSTA MESA, Calif., Nov. 24, 1998 ­ Indicative of cdmaOne technology's widespread penetration throughout the Americas, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) today released highlights of its successful 1998 CDMA Americas Congress held last week at the Century Plaza Hotel and Tower in Los Angeles. The Congress, attended by more than 600 delegates, focused on the emergence of cdmaOne as a leading wireless technology for the Americas, with North America experiencing a 600 percent subscriber increase over the last year.

In addition, the Congress captured the industry's attention through its third generation (3G) Press Summit and the First Annual CDMA Industry Achievement Awards.

"The 1998 CDMA Americas Congress was rich in content, providing detailed information on wireless data and cdmaOne growth, particularly in Latin America. This year's event undoubtedly was the most successful domestic CDG conference to date," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "In addition, we expect Central and South America to see the same overwhelming subscriber growth rate as North America over the next several years. We have already seen the technology capture major growth markets in the region, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Venezuela."

LaForge continued, "CDMA is undisputedly the technology for next generation services, which is why the CDG dared to set the record straight on all 3G issues by hosting a first-of-its-kind Press Summit. The Summit proved to be a complete success ­ we simply focused on the issues and presented the facts. The hype and propaganda were left at the door."

The 1998 CDMA Americas Congress featured the following premier events:

3G Summit ­ The 3G Summit provided in-depth insight into 3G issues including a technical overview, a look at the global picture, the players and regional motivations. Industry leaders participating in the event included: AirTouch, Sprint PCS, Bell Atlantic Mobile, Bell Mobility, LG Telecom, Lucent Technologies, QUALCOMM, Nokia, Nortel Networks, Motorola and the TIA TR45.5 IMT-2000 Coordination Ad-Hoc Co-Chair.

Industry Achievement Awards ­ Hosted by LaForge with opening remarks from Reed Hundt, former FCC Chairman, the awards ceremony was held at the Museum of Flying and honored 1998's cdmaOne achievers throughout the world. Award recipients included:

­ Past President and Founder Award ­ F. Craig Farrill, Vice President Strategic Technology , AirTouch Communications

­ Overall Subscriber Growth Award ­ SK Telecom, Korea
­ Wireless Local Loop Subscriber Growth Award ­ Centennial Communications

­ Subscriber Product Innovation Award ­ QUALCOMM
­ Innovative Solutions Through Teamwork Award ­ Repeater Technologies and Nortel Networks

­ Infrastructure Product Innovation Award ­ Samsung

­ Technical Achievement Award ­ Dr. William Lee, AirTouch Communications and Dr. Andrew Viterbi, QUALCOMM

­ Exceptional cdmaOne Branding Award ­ DDI and DDO of Japan
­ International Leadership Award ­ Lucent Technologies
For complete award ceremony details please refer to the CDG press release dated November 20 on the Group's website.

"We look forward to another successful CDMA event ­ the 1999 World Congress scheduled for Hong Kong June 14-18, 1999," concluded LaForge.