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CDMA Development Group Supports NMT Operators Transition to Digital Technology

Costa Mesa, CA, Sept. 2, 1999 -- The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced its support for the Nordic Mobile Telephone (NMT) operators' transition to digital technology. NMT systems today are analog wireless networks and are deployed in more than 40 countries worldwide.

NMT operators are meeting in New York, September 6-7, 1999, and will be reviewing their options for deploying digital wireless technology. "The CDG looks forward to working with NMT operators to advance their networks to meet the needs of tomorrow's growing wireless economy," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "The CDG is committed to maximizing opportunities for global operators, especially as they transition to digital technology and third-generation services. The CDG applauds the NMT operators' decision to consider the long-term implications of this important choice of digital technologies." CDG member companies also expressed support for the transition to digital technology by NMT operators.

"CDMA allows operators to meet 3G requirements in as little as 1.25 MHz and up to 4.5 MHz," said Ted Hoffman, secretary of the CDG and vice president of technology development at Bell Atlantic Mobile. "Given that the technology has completed the first phase of 3G standardization, we are confident that CDMA offers NMT 450 operators the best technical solution for the new millennium."

The first phase of CDMA2000, also known as Global Third Generation CDMA 1XRTT, was approved for publication by the by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) subcommittee TR45.5 on July 12, 1999, achieving the final milestone in the standardization process for the international 3G standard.

"When considering capacity needs, CDMA is a smart choice for carriers that have an opportunity to evaluate and choose a digital wireless technology," said Craig Farrill, past-president of the CDG and chief technology officer of Vodafone AirTouch.

"Lucent Technologies is a strong believer in customer choice, and we encourage wireless service providers worldwide to evaluate all available 3G technologies on their merit," said Bill Wiberg, president of Lucent's Wireless Networks Group's cellular and PCS business. "NMT 450 operators face a limited spectrum allocation, yet they are in an enviable position to begin 3G deployment with the first industry established standard technology directly evolved from commercially-proven 2G CDMA networks."

"Looking at the capacity and coverage requirements of the NMT operators and the spectrum available, CDMA would be a very good fit for the NMT band," said Anil T. Kripalani, senior vice president of planning and international administration, QUALCOMM.