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CDMA Development Group Comments On Outcome Of Harmonization Discussions

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Costa Mesa, CA, June 7, 1999 -- The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today issued a statement on the harmonization discussions that have taken place between operators around the world over the past several months. Focused on harmonizing the CDMA2000 and W-CDMA IMT-2000 proposals, operators met most recently in Toronto, May 25-26, and re-emphasized that CDMA technology is the IMT-2000 solution, as representatives from over 30 worldwide operators committed to a single CDMA standard for 3G. The CDG believes that the global wireless community’s commitment to harmonization is an extremely positive step but cautions that these developments are meaningless unless standards organizations begin the technical work immediately to meet the IMT-2000 schedule.

"We are pleased that the Europeans have finally joined the CDG members and other leading companies throughout Asia to work together to achieve the harmonization goal we have been promoting for over a year," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "Through the creation of a single CDMA standard, worldwide interoperability comes that much closer to reality. At the same time, operators are assured that their investments are protected when migrating from cdmaOne to 3G platforms, because cdmaOne is the only technology with a flexible, compatible and cost-effective migration path to IMT-2000. However, as we have stated in the past, the devil is in the details. There are still unresolved issues that must be addressed to make the most recent outcomes consistent with previous agreements, such as that of the Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue (TABD), and to ensure that actions follow words. We have yet to see the commitment from all standards bodies, particularly in Europe."

LaForge concluded, "To see results from this agreement, we are calling on the Third Generation Partnership Project and Third Generation Partnership Project-2 to immediately begin merging standards activities. The CDG will continue to make contributions to the partnership projects to move the harmonization effort from concept to reality, and we will coordinate with appropriate US government entities to ensure that the significant agreement reached during the February TABD meeting is carried through to the standards."