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Wireless Subscribers Experience Mobile Services Using cdmaOne Technology in India

Government's Technology-neutral Policy Allows MTNL to Offer State-of-the-art Wireless Services

Costa Mesa, CA, November 2, 1999 - The CDMA Development Group (CDG) applauds Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd.'s (MTNL) decision to offer its subscribers mobile services using cdmaOne technology. cdmaOne offers carriers the ability to deliver high quality voice, faster time to market, more economical deployment, and significant increases in capacity over competing wireless technologies.

"The CDG congratulates MTNL on becoming the first wireless operator to commercially offer cdmaOne mobile services in India," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "Today's announcement is possible because of India's Telecommunications Commission's technology-neutral policy, which promotes competition in bringing advanced telecommunications services to the region. It is clear that an open standards position benefits the consumer, and we are encouraged by India's, and also Japan's, recent endorsement of technology neutrality. We look forward to other countries adopting a similar policy."

MTNL formally launched India's first mobile cdmaOne service earlier this month offering advanced wireless services to its wireless local loop (WLL) subscribers in New Delhi and Mumbai. MTNL currently has a cdmaOne WLL system in Delhi and Mumbai.

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