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Wireless Internet Discussion with Leading Analysts Maps Future for Advanced Services

Yankee Group and Cahners In-Stat Analysts Examined Next Generation Services During CDMA Development Group's Live, Interactive Webcast

COSTA MESA, Calif., June 5, 2000 -- During a CDMA Development Group (CDG) live, interactive Webcast this month, leading wireless analysts, Mark Lowenstein, executive vice president of wireless communications for the Yankee Group, and Ken Hyers, analyst for wireless strategies at Cahners In-Stat, discussed the future of wireless services. The focus of the discussion was the role that wireless Internet plays in the emergence of next generation services.

Additionally, Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG, pointed out that the availability of next generation (3G) services will be commercially deployed this year using CDMA 1X, which will be the first IMT 3G standard to make a commercial debut. LaForge also announced that CDMA technology's subscriber reach now totals more than 57 million worldwide. The Webcast can be viewed at www.cdg.org.

"The emergence of next generation wireless is vastly affected by the Internet as the Web is bridging the landline and wireless worlds, as well as the voice and data worlds," said Lowenstein. "The convergence of wireless and Internet clearly changes the traditional business model for the wireless operator. With the availability of new services and applications, the combination of delivering personalized and localized information on mobile devices will be the way in which wireless operators play a significant role in this converged market."

"As evidenced by these leading industry analysts' presentations, today's availability of wireless Internet services is shaping the future of the mobile industry and creating the immediate consumer demand for next generation services such as multimedia capabilities," said LaForge. "CDMA operators and manufacturers are clearly at the forefront of this next generation era, as the technology will be the first to enable true 3G services."

"The consumer demand for wireless Internet services is the driving factor in the rush to deploy third generation services," said Hyers. "With the 3G promise of information anytime, anywhere, there will be applications that meet the needs for individualized mobile subscribers, but no single "killer-application."

Following are highlights of the analyst Webcast: *

  • Lowenstein's presentation, "Mobile.Net: Emergence of the Next Generation Wireless Industry," discussed market drivers and network evolution. Lowenstein also defined Mobile.Net classifications as wireless Web optimization tools, such as microbrowsers and personalization; services-based models, which include digital solutions; and wireless Web applications.
  • Hyers provided an overview of the wireless Internet, as well as insight into what types of advanced services, such as Web browsing, corporate Intranet access, sales automation, games, high-quality sound, and streaming video, will be available.