HONG KONG, March 27, 2000 -- Noting recent reports
that CDMA progress in China has been halted, the CDMA Development
Group (CDG) today announced that CDMA technology remains on
the fast track for deployment in China with expectations of
reaching 10 million wireless subscribers this year. On March
15, 2000, Zhu Rongji, Premier of the State Council said, "the
hearsay that 'the Chinese has stopped introducing CDMA technology
in the region,' is not correct." In fact, Zhu said that the
Chinese government decided to deploy a CDMA system and appointed
China Unicom to introduce the technology (Xinhua Agency).
"While the propaganda and misinformation
surrounding the deployment of CDMA technology in China was
distributed, the CDG and its member companies remained focused
on the real issues and have achieved significant inroads in
the region," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the
CDG. "We applaud Premier Zhu Rongji's public statements to
set the record straight, and look forward to continuing to
work with the Chinese government and telecommunications companies
to ensure the rapid deployment of CDMA systems and services."
In addition, the CDG called attention to the government of
Guangdong Province's approval of Qiao Xing Universal Telephone
Inc.'s manufacturing of CDMA handsets.
With wireless Internet and information services available
today, CDMA is the backbone technology of choice for third-generation
systems. CDMA has made significant global 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.