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NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 28, 2000 - - Despite recent reports surrounding CDMA deployment efforts in China, the CDMA Development Group (CDG), at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) Wireless 2000 show, today stated that CDMA progress in China will continue.

Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG stated, "As is the case with all business transactions, delays occur. We are optimistic that these latest issues will be resolved in a timely manner and that the Chinese wireless marketplace will enjoy the benefits of CDMA. Although we were disappointed to learn that the rollout of CDMA in China has been delayed for various reasons, the progress that the CDG has made, and the commitments and increasing demand for CDMA by leading Chinese operators remains the same."

LaForge added, "Over the past year, we have had numerous conversations with Chinese operators and global manufacturers, and CDMA remains the technology of choice. We've only just begun in China, and clearly these recent issues will be resolved and could be considered normal glitches. At the end of the day, when all is said and done, the key to success is to remain focused - - and that is what the CDG and its member companies are doing."

Around the world, CDMA has made significant inroads with the technology's presence increasing at more than 118 percent in the last year. Mobile users in Asia, Australia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, New Zealand, the United States and elsewhere are continuing to reap the benefits of CDMA including the availability of advanced wireless Internet and information services.

"CDMA continues to grow at a record-breaking pace. The CDG and its members are committed to China and look forward to even more success in 2000," concluded LaForge.