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3G WORLD CONGRESS 2001 ANNOUNCED AS ASIA'S LARGEST MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY GATHERING

Wireless and Internet Experts to Gather in Hong Kong for Sixth Annual Congress

HONG KONG, Feb. 20, 2001 - The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org), in conjunction with the Institute for International Research (IIR) (www.iir.com.hk), today announced plans for the 3G World Congress 2001.

Previously called the CDMA World Congress, last year's event was attended by more than 1,200 delegates and featured speakers from 31 countries; the conference name change reflects the evolution by global operators from current 2G networks to 3G technologies. The 3G World Congress is the largest mobile communications industry gathering in the Asia-Pacific region dedicated to exploring trends in next generation wireless. This year's event will be held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre during the week of June 11-15, 2001.


"With 3G CDMA networks already launched in Korea and others coming online in Japan, Europe and North America this year, the 3G World Congress will provide unparalleled insight into the latest mobile communications industry strategies and technology initiatives from around the globe," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "The CDG continues to be the leading educational resource for CDMA and wireless Internet technology, and looks forward to building successful programs at this and future 3G World Congress's."

"IIR and the CDG are dedicated to producing first-class programs like the 3G World Congress," said Chris Maybury, chief executive of IIR. "3G is a hot topic of discussion, and with important decisions regarding 3G licensing, financing and services deployment being made this year, the 3G World Congress promises to be an essential meeting for the mobile communications community."

The 3G World Congress 2001 program is focused to meet the needs and priorities of all operators, regardless of whether their current technology platform is CDMA, GSM, PDC or TDMA. Key highlights of the agenda will include:

  • Operator visions, business models, investment strategies, financing approaches, licensing, industry alliances and wireless service initiatives
  • Network infrastructure developments for 3G, including technology strategies, trials and migration paths for radio networks and core IP networks
  • Service and application strategies for 3G, wireless Internet, roaming, high-speed data, mobile e-commerce, portals, content alliances and brand building in the wireless economy
  • Workshops focusing on management issues for a successful mobile business and understanding the essentials of 3G

Major industry sponsors supporting the 3G World Congress to date include 3Com, Aglient Technologies, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Hutchison Telecommunications, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Nokia, Nortel Networks, Philips, Qualcomm, Repeater Technologies and Samsung.

For more information regarding the conference, please visit www.3gcongress.com to access the latest 3G mobile information, including articles from prestigious publications, press releases from leading mobile operators and vendors, and updates on the 3G World Congress.

About the Institute for International Research
The Institute for International Research (IIR) is the world's largest conference company and has been the leader in the provision of business information for over 20 years. IIR produces over 4,000 events annually through our network of offices in over 35 countries. Events are tailored to meet the specific needs of the day and timed to coincide with important market developments. In Asia, IIR focuses on high-quality, independently researched gatherings including market leading conferences in China, 3G Mobile events in Asia, Logistics & Transport Summits and the annual 3G World Congress. For more information, visit www.iir.com.hk and www.3gcongress.com.

About the CDMA Development Group
The CDMA Development Group is a nonprofit trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of cdmaOne( and 3G CDMA. The 110 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 CDMA 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 CDMA-related matters.