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CDMA2000 Services will Make Commercial Debut this Year

COSTA MESA, Calif., May 15, 2000 - Late last week, CDMA Development Group (CDG) member company DDI Corporation, Japan's second largest wireless carrier, formally announced its plans to use CDMA2000 for third generation (3G) wireless services. CDMA2000 phase one, known as CDMA 1X, lays the foundation for a broad array of high-speed wireless information services. In addition to CDMA2000 global trials, CDMA 1X will be the first IMT 3G standard to make a commercial debut as SK Telecom in Korea announced plans to introduce 3G services this year. Recently, Bell Mobility, Nortel Networks, QUALCOMM, Samsung and Sprint PCS successfully completed a series of 3G wireless calls using CDMA 1X technology. Telstra, Verizon and LG Telecom are also conducting CDMA 1X trails.

"The CDG believes that DDI's decision to use CDMA2000 for 3G was a natural given the company's success with cdmaOne," said Perry LaForge, executive director for the CDG. "CDMA brings the future to us today. The CDG and its members have maintained an aggressive schedule for 3G implementation. Our successful CDMA 1X trials have proven that the technology will be the first wireless standard to allow for the delivery of next generation services." CDMA 1X standard provides 144 kbps packet data in a mobile environment and significantly higher speeds in a fixed environment. Other features available with CDMA 1X are a two-fold increase in both voice capacity and standby time, advanced packet data services and greatly extended battery life. All of these capabilities will be available in the 1.25 MHz channel in existing spectrum, allowing all operators to take advantage of these 3G capabilities without the burden of re-farming or securing new spectrum. While CDMA 1X is evolved from cdmaOne, under the family of systems umbrella emerging from the IMT-2000 work of the ITU, 1X provides a viable growth path for all operators, regardless of their 2G technology platform. CDMA2000 provides advanced wireless Internet access and data services to the increasingly sophisticated wireless market.

The CDG recently completed a number of live webcasts detailing the advantages of cdmaOne and its evolution to CDMA2000. These webcasts have included prominent industry executives such as Dr. Irwin Jacobs, Chairman and CEO of QUALCOMM, Craig Farrill, CTO of Vodafone AirTouch Cellular, Keith Paglush, VP technology of SPRINT PCS, and Dave Murashige, VP of Nortel Networks. These webcasts can be found at