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International Wireless Leaders Successfully Conclude CDMA Australia and New Zealand Congress; Conference Highlights Technology's Dominant Position in the Region

SYDNEY, May 9, 2000 - The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced the successful conclusion of the CDMA Australia and New Zealand International Congress held May 3-5, 2000 at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, Australia. The conference highlighted the continued success of CDMA worldwide, focusing on global roaming efforts and 3G evolution. Representatives from Telecom New Zealand (TNZ), Telstra, AAPT, Nortel Networks, Ericsson and Repeater Technologies, presented information on the region's telecommunications services and network offerings. In addition, the CDG reviewed the recent Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) approval of the CDMA SIM standard for publication. This standardization makes it possible for mobile users to personalize their handsets and access service regardless of the operator's wireless technology.

"Using CDMA as the backbone technology, the CDG and its member companies have made significant inroads with global roaming efforts, making worldwide communications a reality," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "As we continue through the 21st Century and consumers seek access to the Internet anytime, anywhere, there will be a corresponding demand for global roaming. CDMA operators are clearly well ahead of the wireless Internet curve as the technology enables these types of services today."

As the enabler for global roaming, CDMA has achieved numerous milestones within record-breaking time. 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 wireless consumers with industry-leading in-building penetration, longer battery talk and standby time, increased privacy and better security.