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Global CDMA Operators Offer Comprehensive Proposal to Harmonize Third Generation Wireless Standards; CDG Calls for Global 3G Summit to Work Collectively on Unified Resolution


COSTA MESA, Calif., Jan. 14, 1999 - A broad group of cdmaOne operators today released a comprehensive proposal to harmonize third generation (3G) wireless technologies, including W-CDMA and CDMA2000, that have been proposed to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for IMT-2000. The proposal is being discussed with other operators from around the world this week. The proposal is based on the ITU's goal of a global standard based on the Fam-ily of Systems concept and builds on the many compromises that have already been reached in discussions between standards organizations in Japan, Korea and North America.

To resolve the global 3G standards debate, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) has called for a 3G Summit to include operators, manufacturers and industry groups from around the world to convene.
"It is very encouraging to see operators active in addressing convergence and present a detailed proposal for compromise," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "Furthermore, we believe a 3G Summit is necessary to bring all parties together to finally resolve this issue. We hope to work closely with the operators, manufactures and industry groups over the next few weeks to end the deadlock."

The significance of the operator proposal is that it is technically comprehensive, focusing on several key parameters that must be addressed in any convergence discussion, and incorporates the results of technical discussions between ARIB and TIA as a foundation. The proposal addresses aspects such as channel structure, pilot structure, inter-base station operation and frame length.

LaForge continued, "Any convergence proposal should build on the accomplishments that have been achieved thus far in resolving this issue. We have continued to emphasize that convergence offers lower research and development costs, worldwide roaming, stronger wireless
competition with landline telecommunications systems, fulfillment of the ITU IMT-2000 goals, and increased customer satisfaction."

LaForge concluded, "In addition to reaching compromise, it is critical to ensure a process is in place to implement the agreement of a converged standard - - the partnership project approach is a viable mechanism for this process. However, we are deeply concerned about recent statements from ETSI indicating that the 3G Partnership Project, which includes the US standards organization Committee T1 as a partner, will effectively bypass the ITU process. This continues to indicate ETSI's lack of concern for harmonization of CDMA2000 and WCDMA. We are addressing this issue with the appropriate entities."