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CDMA Development Group Reports Successful Outcome of Recent Location Technology Forum

cdmaOne Companies Gather to Review Trial Progress | Español |

COSTA MESA, Calif., May 24, 1999 - The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that its Location Technology Team held a forum on May 5th to share results from the ongoing field trials being conducted by member carriers and vendors. Jointly sponsored by Bell Atlantic Mobile, Lucent Technologies, QUALCOMM, SnapTrack and TruePosition, the forum participants discussed progress to date and future plans on three categories of location technology being tested for cdmaOne* networks: in-handset assisted GPS, cell site overlay infrastructure and hybrid technology inherent to CDMA timing systems.

"The CDG and its members are devoting significant resources to this important issue of locating wireless callers. The location technology team is very active all year long with trial activity on the different technology solutions being tested," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "This forum is an excellent opportunity for all the parties involved to come together and share the results of their work and formulate strategies for next steps."

Thirty-eight engineers from nineteen companies gathered in Baltimore for the forum. The attendees included carriers, location technology vendors, infrastructure vendors and handset manufacturers, representing the broad base of companies supporting the CDG's location technology efforts. Presentations by four companies reported the progress of the various trial teams. A standards update was also presented to the group by the Chair of TIA Committee TR45.5, and Sprint PCS.

"Testing multiple technology solutions is of paramount importance in this CDG team activity. We are currently in trial with three different approaches and it is likely that operators will elect to incorporate multiple solutions to fit unique market or geographic needs," said LaForge. "We anticipate our next forum to take place late in 1999 or early 2000 as more trial results are available. The team is concurrently working on developing test plans and criteria to assist with pre-deployment testing activities for the entire CDMA community."