Hong Kong, June 15, 1999 -- At the Fourth Annual CDMA
World Congress in Hong Kong, the CDMA Development Group (CDG)
today addressed the future of wireless with leading industry
leaders stating that cdmaOneTM is the technology
of choice for the new millennium. The ability to cost-effectively
introduce advanced information services is assured for cdmaOne
operators and manufacturers, as cdmaOne is the only technology
with a seamless evolution path.
"cdmaOne does not require costly upgrades for
third generation services. In fact, here in Asia, where cdmaOne
is widely deployed, operators have a significant advantage
as the technology supports third generation (3G) services
and increased capacity in existing spectrum bands," said
Perry LaForge, executive director for the CDG. "cdmaOne
is the future of wireless, making 3G a reality today."
The CDG has been aggressively
working to evolve cdmaOne in order to bring the capabilities
defined for IMT-2000 to market ahead of the 3G timetable.
Operators can provide 3G-like services on existing cdmaOne
networks and reap the benefits of today’s advanced digital
technology while being assured that their investments are
protected. Evolution from other technologies will require
significant change of equipment and costly upgrades.
"The explosive growth of the Internet and the migration
to third generation technology make the future of wireless
a very exciting prospect for the cdmaOne community,"
said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "The
CDG has worked diligently over the past year and effectively
surpassed our own goal of securing the future of wireless
globally with a 3G strategy that will enable the growth of
new information services, such as the mobile web."
LaForge continued, "High speed wireless Internet
and two-way information services from a mobile phone are only
a few of the exciting services that will be offered in the
new millennium. Multimedia content is soon to follow. Today’s
enhanced mobile services and products, plus the trend toward
competitive pricing plans, are clear indications that wireless
can replace wireline in the new century."
"The wireless Internet and information services era
is here and the CDG looks forward to further shaping the future
of wireless by continuing to evolve cdmaOne technology,"