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Historic Landmark Achieved: CDMA Enables World's First Advanced Multimedia Commercial Wireless Network

CDMA Development Group Congratulates SK Telecom of Korea!


HONG KONG, Oct. 9, 2000 - In a statement congratulating SK Telecom for being the world's first operator to commercially offer advanced multimedia services, Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDMA Development Group (CDG), said, "Over the past several years, numerous companies have worked together to provide global consumers with the best quality wireless communications services. Now, just five years since the first CDMA commercial deployment, CDMA technology is taking the mobile industry to a higher level by enabling these services today. The CDG congratulates SK Telecom and all who worked to make this historic landmark achievement possible."

On Oct. 1, 2000, SK Telecom of Korea formally announced the commercial deployment of CDMA2000 offering multimedia data services at speeds up to 144Kbps, some two -10 times faster than existing services. The advanced service is available to SK Telecom subscribers in Seoul and Inchon.

Terry Yen, Asia Pacific director for the CDG, stated, "The CDMA community is at the forefront in changing the face of wireless communications. Third generation (3G) CDMA provides mobile operators with a packaged solution to enable high quality voice, data and multimedia services. CDMA is beneficial to all who use, develop or offer wireless communications."

With CDMA2000 serving as the backbone technology for 3G, global CDMA operators and manufacturers are the first to market with advanced 3G services -- years before so called ``wider bandwidth'' systems. CDMA2000 operators have lead-time advantages as well as economies of scale in the highly competitive 3G marketplace. Currently, several global operators have committed to conducting CDMA2000 trials or commercially deploying CDMA2000 including Bell Mobility, Clearnet, LG Telecom, Sprint PCS, Telstra, Telus and Verizon Wireless. In addition, Ericsson, Intel, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Nokia, Nortel Networks, QUALCOMM and Samsung have also announced support for CDMA2000.