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90 Million Global Subscribers Now Use the Most Advanced Wireless Technology Standard that Lays the Foundation for 3G

COSTA MESA, June 4, 2001 - The CDMA Development Group (CDG) ( reported today that the number of code division multiple access (CDMA) subscribers has grown by 58% in 12 months, reaching 90 million global subscribers as of March 2001.

The Asia Pacific region continues to be the largest CDMA market with nearly 40 million users, representing a growth of 25 percent over the past year. Latin America demonstrated significant gains in the last year, increasing 144 percent and bringing the regional total to 15.9 million. This makes CDMA the fastest growing technology in the region. In North America, CDMA operators added more than 15.3 million new subscribers, bringing the total CDMA subscribers in the United States and Canada to 33.8 million, which is significantly more than other technologies in the region.

"The year 2001 will be yet another great story for CDMA technology. We expect to see strong continued growth of CDMA worldwide reaching the 100 million landmark within the next several months. China Unicom's deployment, scheduled for the fourth quarter, will contribute to this increase in subscribers," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "The deployment of CDMA2000 3G services is also on schedule. Last year, SK Telecom commercially launched the world's first 3G services. LG Telecom recently launched 3G services in April, and several more operators in North America, Latin America, Asia and Australia are planning to go commercial by the end of this year."

The CDMA Development Group is a nonprofit trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of cdmaOne and CDMA2000. 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. For more information about the CDG, contact Valerie Christopherson of the CDG News Bureau at +1-714-540-1030, ext. 17, e-mail, or visit the CDG Web site at