CDMA DEVELOPMENT GROUP UNVEILS PLANS FOR FIFTH ANNUAL AMERICAS CONGRESS
Keynote Speakers Include Arun Sarin of InfoSpace, Clint Odom of the FCC and Irfan Ali of 3Com
COSTA MESA, Calif., Aug. 17, 2000 - The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that the 2000 CDMA Americas Congress will be held Oct. 25-27, 2000 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in San Diego, Calif. Keynote speakers at this year's event will include Arun Sarin, chief executive officer of InfoSpace, a Bellevue, Wash.-based provider of communication infrastructure services to wireless devices, merchants and Web sites; Clint Odom of the Federal Communications Commission and the Office of Chairman William Kennard; and Irfan Ali, senior vice president of Carrier Networks Business for 3Com Corp. a Santa Clara, Calif.-based manufacturer of networking equipment. Sarin and Odom will speak on Oct. 26, Ali on Oct. 27, with all three addressing the fifth annual Congress' theme of "Changing the Face of Wireless."
"CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) technology is the premier solution for deploying wireless Internet and information services," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "CDMA will be the first to market with true third generation (3G) systems and offers a smooth evolution path for all second generation technologies. This year's Congress is dedicated to examining what new features, products and services we can expect to see in the marketplace from experts who are designing the systems and applications of the future."
Evidence of the growing interest in wireless Internet, information services, and 3G is the roster of corporate sponsors for the 2000 Americas Congress, which includes industry leaders such as Ericsson, Kabrina > Technologies, Kyocera Wireless, Lucent Technologies, Metawave, Motorola, Nokia, Nortel Networks, QUALCOMM, Repeater Technologies and Samsung. Activities surrounding this year's Congress include two interactive workshops scheduled for Oct. 25. The first, designed for technical professionals, titled "3G System Design - Approaches to Network Optimization," will be led by Dr. William Lee, vice president and chief scientist at Vodafone AirTouch. Robert Sanchez, executive vice president of inCode Telecom Group, will lead the second workshop, "Information on the Go - Deploying Data and Location-Based Services," which will focus on marketing strategies and business plans.
The conference presentations and panel sessions, scheduled for Oct. 26 and Oct. 27, will feature senior executives and industry leaders discussing how the increased focus on data and Internet services will affect the wireless marketplace. The sessions will explore the latest developments in devices, applications and network evolution, new service offerings and business strategies to maximize the potential of CDMA. In addition to the seminars and panels, the Sixth Annual CDMA Test Forum will run concurrently with the conference and provide operators and test equipment vendors an opportunity to explore new testing tools and techniques that facilitate the delivery of data applications.
The Americas Congress will also feature a product showcase made up of more than 40 companies displaying the latest CDMA products and services. For information on how to register to attend, sponsor or exhibit at the 2000 CDMA Americas Congress, visit the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org or call (714) 545-5211.