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First Australian CDMA International Congress to Convene in Sydney, March 1999; Global CDMA Success Sets Stage for Future Growth in Australia and New Zealand Wireless Market


COSTA MESA, Calif., Jan. 20, 1999 - The CDMA Development Group (CDG) Wednesday announced that the First Australian CDMA International Congress will be held March 15-16, 1999 at the Wentworth Hotel in Sydney, Australia. With special sessions on the New Zealand market, the Congress provides the region with its first opportunity to hear about critical issues facing operators today, as well as the global impact of CDMA.

"In 1998, we saw the adoption of cdmaOne* in Australia, and now at the First Australian CDMA International Congress, the CDG is providing the region with a venue to discuss cdmaOne technology with leading experts from Australia and around the world," said Perry LaForge, executive director for the CDG. "Australia and New Zealand are key markets for cdmaOne technology. As regional operators prepare management strategies for their new network roll-outs, this conference is designed to provide information on the deployment of cdmaOne in today's market and the technological advances positioning cdmaOne for gradual evolution to the next generation of mobile communication systems."

The First Australian CDMA International Congress will examine developments in Australia and New Zealand, focusing on critical issues addressed by experts from around the world. Featured industry experts include: Tony Bundrock, General Manager, Customer Strategy, Products & Marketing, TELSTRA, Australia; Dr. William Lee, Vice President & Chief Scientist, AirTouch Communications; Mark Kelley, Chief Technical Officer, Leap Wireless International (OZPHONE); Tadashi Onodera, Executive Vice President, DDI Corporation, Japan; Katherine Moody, Manager, Spectrum Management, Ministry Of Commerce, New Zealand.

In addition, topics addressed will include:

* Planning and deploying a new cdmaOne network
* High-speed data, broadband and Internet services over CDMA
* Migration path of cdmaOne to 3G Mobile Communication Systems
* Evaluating cdmaOne as a telecoms solution for Australia and replacement for the AMPS network
* Coverage, capacity, clarity and cost
* How does cdmaOne compare?

"We look forward to providing delegates with essential wireless information for Australia and New Zealand and look forward to convening in Sydney this March," concluded LaForge.