CDMA China Link Matures; 3G Roundtable Discussion Held Yesterday in Beijing
"CDMA and China: The Future is Now!"
BEIJING, China, Sept. 20, 2000 - Illustrating the solid foundation of CDMA as the backbone technology for third generation (3G) services, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) and member companies explored the possibilities and opportunities that CDMA presents to China's mobile market during a 3G roundtable discussion in Beijing yesterday, September 19. According to Terry Yen, Asia Pacific director for the CDG, "The future of CDMA in China is now! We gathered here in Beijing to further map out the technology's capabilities and benefits for the region including evolution and investment protection."
Participation in the 3G roundtable discussion included representatives from the PRC Ministry of Information Industry (MII), the U.S. Embassy, China Unicom, Bell Mobility, Sprint PCS, LinkAir, Ericsson, Motorola, Lucent Technologies, Nortel Networks and QUALCOMM. Also in attendance were licensed Chinese manufacturers of cdmaOne( equipment such as Zhongxing Telecom Equipment Company, Datang and Eastcom. Bell Mobility and Sprint PCS also shared information on their advanced wireless Internet service strategies, which was of particular interest to the MII as they evaluate the technology's role in China.
The daylong discussion eased the perception that existing CDMA may be outdated by pointing out that the technology's evolution to 3G is seamless. "The CDG will continue to play a strong role with our operators and other member companies to map out the technology's benefits for the region and ensure that the 3G evolution path is seamless," added Yen.
"While the first to market advantage that CDMA will have for 3G should not be underestimated, the capabilities of existing CDMA will also play a significant role in the advanced development of China's mobile services. In fact, the CDG and its members are already working to ensure the rapid deployment of the technology in China," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "The plans for CDMA in China have not changed over the past year. But rather, confusion stemming from worldwide propaganda had offset the truth making it difficult for the global market to keep track of the progress that CDMA has made in the region."
Yen added, "Now that the China CDMA link is maturing, the 'myth' surrounding the technology's adoption can be dispelled. Indicative of this was yesterday's 3G roundtable discussion which was filled with energy and projected global excitement for the upcoming months."
The Asia-Pacific region continues to dominate in CDMA subscribers with 33 million reported during second quarter 2000. In total, there are more than 65 million worldwide CDMA subscribers. The technology 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 benefits wireless consumers with industry-leading in-building penetration, longer battery talk and standby time, increased privacy and better security.
The CDMA Development Group is a nonprofit trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of cdmaOne. The 100 member companies of the CDG include many of the world's largest wireless operators and equipment manufacturers. The primary activities of the CDG include development of cdmaOne features and services, public relations, education and seminars, regulatory affairs and international support. Currently, there are more than 500 individuals working within various CDG subcommittees on cdmaOne-related matters.