Costa Mesa, CA, Aug. 31, 1999 -- The CDMA Development
Group (CDG) today announced that cdmaOne service is now live
in Australia's major metropolitan cities. Deploying in just
10 short months, Telstra formally introduced commercial cdmaOne
service last week in Sydney and Melbourne with plans to launch
next month in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra.
"The CDG congratulates Telstra on the quick roll-out of
its cdmaOne network," said Perry LaForge, executive director
for the CDG. "Telstra is well positioned for the future as
cdmaOne enables operators to deliver wireless Internet and
information services today, and also provides for a seamless
migration to 3G. In addition, Australian cdmaOne wireless
subscribers can now enjoy the technology's benefits of superior
voice quality, enhanced battery life and international roaming."
In a press release dated Aug.
24, 1999, Dick Simpson, Telstra's group managing director
stated, "Our new CDMA network will ideally position Telstra
to cater for the growing mobile communications needs of Australians
as we move into the 21st century." Simpson also noted that
the cdmaOne system will meet emerging data needs in the market.
"Our extensive testing has proven that CDMA technology will
not only deliver comparable coverage to analogue, but an additional
range of services to meet the data-rich world of the future,
plus enhanced voice quality with background suppression."
Offered to more Australians than any other digital wireless
technology, cdmaOne service is expected to reach 95 percent
of Australians. Australia has both cdmaOne wireless local
loop and cellular systems, and is considered a key country
in the establishment of a worldwide cdmaOne network. "Today's
announcement is particularly exciting given that Sydney is
the home of the 2000 Summer Olympics, so attendees will be
able to experience the state-of-the-art wireless services
that only cdmaOne can offer," noted LaForge.