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Landmark Week in Australia for cdmaOne First International Congress Followed by First Official CDMA Call

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COSTA MESA, Calif., Mar. 25, 1999 -- The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that two significant milestones occurred last week in Australia for cdmaOne™. The week saw over 200 delegates gather in Sydney for the First Australian CDMA International Congress, and at a separate Telstra event in Swan Hill, Victoria, the capabilities of CDMA were demonstrated when Australian Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer placed the first official call on the Telstra network.

"The First Australian CDMA International Congress proved to be a tremendous success, drawing operators from throughout the region including Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Singapore and Thailand. The great interest in hearing operators from Korea, the United States, Japan, Singapore, and India discuss their deployment experiences is no surprise given that four operators are planning commercial service in Australia alone," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "The CDG looks forward to the continued progress of cdmaOne in Australia and the pacific region, and we believe that the Telstra trial results in Swan Hill illustrate what consumers have to look forward to when the technology is introduced later this year."

Telstra announced on March 18 that its successful trial of cdmaOne has proven the technology will meet the coverage requirements of customers, especially in rural areas, and that voice quality remained excellent throughout the tests. Placing the inaugural CDMA call to Telstra Chief Executive Officer Dr Ziggy Switkowski, Mr Fischer said, "My call marks the commencement of an exciting new era in telecommunications for regional Australia." Congratulating Telstra on its investment in the new network that will bring many benefits to regional Australia, Mr Fischer said, "The CDMA trial underway in Swan Hill has proven a great success and will help ensure a smooth transition throughout Australia from analogue to CDMA technology." The CDMA network will introduce features not currently available to analogue customers including secure transmission, calling number display and a range of data services including Internet access.