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CDMA Development Group Commends India's Telecommunications Commission's Open Mobile Standards Policy

Recent Conference in New Delhi Demonstrates that cdmaOneTM is an Excellent Solution for the Development of the Country's Telecommunications Services

Costa Mesa, CA, September 16, 1999 -- The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced its support of the decision by India's Telecommunications Commission to pursue a technology-neutral policy for India's future mobile services licenses, allowing the use of up-to-date, cutting edge technologies such as cdmaOne. 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.

"Now that the policies favor open competition, cdmaOne is well positioned to be the technology to bring highly advanced telecommunications services to wireless subscribers in India," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "cdmaOne remains the fastest growing wireless technology and has thrived in countries such as Japan, China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the United States, where an open marketplace allows consumers to drive the technology's success."

One sign of the technology's popularity is its subscriber growth. Within one year, the number of cdmaOne subscribers grew 171 percent, reaching nearly 35 million worldwide. The CDG expects increased penetration and the addition of hundreds of thousands of lines in India as the country develops its telecommunications systems. Capabilities of current, near-term and future offerings of cdmaOne-based wireless systems were the topics of discussion during a conference hosted by the CDG in New Delhi last month. At the conference, key operators, manufacturers and government officials delivered presentations on a variety of topics including cdmaOne systems in rural environments, the evolution to third generation wireless technology (3G) and the economics of wireless local loop (WLL).

"The CDG is committed to working with the industry and government officials in India in the development of the region's telecommunications services to ensure that the country's social and economic goals are met. cdmaOne offers India's wireless operators the opportunity to be a part of the global wireless explosion in both fixed and mobile environments," said LaForge. "Enhanced capacity is a key feature of cdmaOne that benefits operators in India, where subscriber demand stands to outpace capacity availability in many urban centers. cdmaOne WLL systems deliver landline-like voice quality and soon will be the first to offer fax capabilities."

LaForge continued, "When compared to the various other digital wireless technologies available to operators, cdmaOne provides the most technically superior and economically efficient solution to rapidly increase the teledensity in India. The technology's ability to be deployed quickly and to support fixed and mobile communications on a single system make it the optimal choice. cdmaOne provides for a seamless migration path to 3G technology and the service offerings that will accompany it, with minimal investment of new equipment." Highlighting the technology's benefits for the region, two operators in India commented on the capabilities of cdmaOne.

"We have chosen cdmaOne as the technology to deliver our services based on Tata Teleservices' standard of providing subscribers with high quality, affordable services. cdmaOne also meets our capacity requirements of different subscriber densities," said Swami Krishnan, general manager of business development, Tata Teleservices.

"cdmaOne is a natural fit for Bharti Telenet. The technology's wireless local loop capabilities allow us to provide service to our subscribers throughout the city and in least possible time," said R.P. Kulshreshtha, vice president of networks, Bharti Telenet.