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
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
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
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
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.