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CDMA Viewed as the Enabler of Global Roaming

COSTA MESA, Calif., March 27, 2000 -- The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) will approve the CDMA SIM standard, Removable-User Identity Module (R-UIM) for publication. This standardization represents a major step in the development of worldwide roaming as CDMA SIMs enable mobile users to personalize their handsets and access service regardless of the operator's digital technology of choice.

"The CDG and its member companies have worked diligently with the TIA over the past several months and have achieved the rapid approval of publication for the CDMA SIM," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "With CDMA deployment in China on the horizon, and the continued global commitment to the technology, the CDG looks forward to furthering its efforts to make worldwide roaming possible. Now that CDMA SIMs will be approved for publication, we are optimistic that global manufacturers will announce the availability of handsets this year." The TIA approved R-UIM standard marks another milestone for CDMA technology. As the enabler for global roaming, CDMA has made significant inroads with the technology's presence increasing at more than 118 percent in the last year. CDMA provides mobile operators and manufacturers the ability to offer a variety of value-added services today, such as wireless Internet and information services. In addition, CDMA technology benefits for wireless consumers include industry-leading in-building penetration, longer battery talk and standby time, increased privacy and better security.