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cdmaOne Third Generation (3G) Capabilities Near Market Readiness

3G Standard Completes Last Milestone

COSTA MESA, Calif., July 15, 1999 – The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that CDMA2000 phase one was approved for publication by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) subcommittee TR45.5 on July 12, 1999, achieving the final milestone in the standardization process for the international 3G standard. The CDG has been extremely active in moving this 3G standard through the TIA process enabling first-to-market deployment of 3G services by operators around the world.

"This keeps us on an aggressive schedule for 3G implementation and assures early availability of CDMA 3G infrastructure," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "The rapid completion of the standard was a result of close coordination between the CDG and TIA’s TR45.5. We congratulate the TIA on its accomplishment."

The standard, known as 1XRTT in technical circles, brings the first phase of 3G services to market and lays the foundation for a broad array of high-speed wireless information services. The CDG evolution team and the TIA TR45.5 fast-tracked the completion of the standard to meet the requirements of the global operator community, keeping cdmaOne evolution moving forward on the schedule laid out by the CDG’s Executive Board.

The accelerated completion of the standard ensures that plans announced by operators for CDMA2000 phase one will soon be a reality. In November of 1998, Bell Atlantic Mobile announced that it will begin phased introduction of CDMA2000 high-speed wireless data capabilities in its cdmaOne network. In Australia, Telstra is launching a cdmaOne network later this year and has already announced its plans to trial wireless Internet, multi-media and packet data services enabled by CDMA2000. Sprint PCS recently demonstrated interactive, high-resolution wireless videoconferencing at 128 kilobits per second (kbps) using the CDMA2000 platform. Sprint has announced further field trials as well.

1XRTT provides operators the flexibility to introduce advanced data services to meet emerging market demands. The standard provides 144 kbps packet data in a mobile environment and significantly higher speeds in a fixed environment. Other features available with 1XRTT are a two-fold increase in both voice capacity and standby time, advanced packet data services and greatly extended battery life. All of these capabilities will be available in an existing 1.25 MHz channel in existing spectrum, allowing all operators to take advantage of these 3G capabilities without the burden of re-farming or securing new spectrum. While 1XRTT is evolved from cdmaOne, under the family of systems umbrella emerging from the IMT-2000 work of the ITU, 1XRTT will provide a viable growth path for all operators, regardless of their 2G technology platform. The supported features are important elements in delivering advanced wireless Internet access and data services to the increasingly sophisticated wireless market.

LaForge concluded, "The most important factors now for 3G implementation are time to market, flexible and cost-effective deployment options and compatibility with existing infrastructure and terminal equipment. The cdmaOne evolution strategy meets all of these critical operator and manufacturer needs and provides the added advantage of enabling 3G services in existing cellular and PCS bands."

The CDG is hosting a live Internet broadcast presentation along with an open question and answer session with key wireless industry executives to discuss CDMA and its evolution to 3G. Featured industry executives include Dr. Irwin Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of QUALCOMM, Inc., Craig Farrill, chief technology officer for Vodafone AirTouch, David Poticny, vice president, wireless global strategy, Lucent Technologies and Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. For more information on this event visit the Events section of the CDG website at, or visit the event website at after Friday, July16 to view a streaming video replay of the broadcast.