CDMA WORLD CONGRESS SUCCESSFULLY CONCLUDES; THIRD GENERATION EVOLUTION PLANS REVEALED; CHINA CDMA PLANS TO MOVE FORWARD
Steve Forbes Keynote Address Now Available on www.cdg.org
HONG KONG, June 21, 2000 -- The CDMA Development Group (CDG) and its member companies revealed the Group's third generation (3G) evolution strategy for CDMA during the Fifth Annual CDMA World Congress held last week in Hong Kong. The CDG also set the record straight regarding the technology's deployment in China as CDG's Executive Director Perry LaForge stated that, "The confusion surrounding the impact that CDMA will have on the Chinese telecommunications market stems from a misunderstanding of the technology's evolution path. It is logical for China, and all other countries for that matter, to invest in the most current, advanced wireless systems available (CDMA2000), - and that is what is happening in China."
The CDMA World Congress keynote address was delivered by internationally known publisher and global entrepreneur, Steve Forbes, CEO of Forbes, Inc. Forbes' opening speech will be available this week on the CDG's Web site located at www.cdg.org .
Featuring the world's leading wireless and business authorities, the event concluded with more than 1,500 in attendance. Among the participants were Steve Forbes, CEO of Forbes Inc.; Dr. Irwin Jacobs, CEO of QUALCOMM; Dr. Won-Pyo Hong, executive vice president of KT Freetel; Dr. Se-hyun Oh, vice president for SK Telecom; Craig Farrill, CTO of Vodafone AirTouch; and Brian O'Shaughnessy, vice president of technology development for Bell Mobility.
"This year's World Congress was filled with industry news, key executive participation and non-stop activity," said LaForge. "Particularly noteworthy was the CDG's formal unveiling of 1xEV detailing the evolution requirements for the CDMA2000 standard, which offers operators a simple extended solution for the rapid delivery of very high speed data services with ever-increasing voice capacity."
Among the operators conducting 1X trials or preparing to deploy 1X are:
Marking yet another milestone in the history of wireless communications, the world's first-ever 1X wireless data and voice call on a live 800MHz CDMA network took place in Australia with Nortel Networks and Telstra. SK Telecom also announced that it is maintaining an aggressive rollout schedule and in October 2000, will be the world's first operator to commercially offer 3G services.
"CDMA is clearly the enabling technology for 3G with CDMA operators and manufacturers leading the trend in delivering high-speed data and multimedia services. And with the growing number of global operators supporting 1xEV, we will be able to maintain a rapid time schedule for standardization and implementation," said LaForge. "The most valuable reality associated with CDMA2000 for operators is the fact that all 3G functions can be done in the 1.25 MHz channel, allowing for CDMA operators to take advantage of time to market while enjoying economies of scale."
Additional CDMA World Congress highlights included: