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Telesp Celular's Launch Represents Groundbreaking Industry Milestone

COSTA MESA, Calif., Dec. 17, 2001 - In a statement applauding Telesp Celular, Brazil's largest mobile service provider, for offering commercial CDMA2000 1X services in Latin America, Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDMA Development Group (CDG) (, said, "Over the past year, the industry has seen 3G services deployed in Asia by SK Telecom, LG Telecom and KT Freetel, as well as in North America by Bell Mobility, Western Wireless and Verizon Wireless. And now, we are pleased to announce another groundbreaking industry milestone with the commercial deployment of CDMA2000 1X services in Brazil. The CDG congratulates Telesp Celular and all who worked to make this achievement possible."

"Latin America offers a tremendous opportunity for CDMA," said LaForge. "In fact, the region's CDMA subscriber base doubled in the last 12 months and it is expected to reach 37 percent of the market by 2005."

CDMA2000 is the first 3G technology to be commercially deployed in Asia, North America and Latin America. Today, there are more than 2.5 million CDMA2000 subscribers. Additional operators worldwide have announced plans for commercial roll out in early 2002 including Pegaso, Sprint PCS, Telcel and Telus in the Americas. Movilnet, the leading TDMA operator in Venezuela, recently announced its decision to overlay its network with CDMA2000. These operators capitalize on the key advantage of CDMA2000, which is spectrum flexibility. CDMA2000 offers cdmaOne, TDMA, GSM, analog and newly licensed 3G operators the capability to evolve their networks to 3G at a low cost using existing spectrum.