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Growth Indicative of Continued Demand for Superior Technology

LAS VEGAS, March 20, 2001 -- During this week's Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association's (CTIA) Wireless 2001 show in Las Vegas, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) (, today announced that code division multiple access (CDMA) continues to penetrate the global wireless market with more than 80 million subscribers as of December 2000. According to Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG, "Opportunities for the CDMA community are increasing with 3G service deployment in the Americas and additional Asia Pacific regions on the horizon."

Furthering its trend of significant growth with a 193 percent year growth, Latin American CDMA subscribers now total 15 million. The Asia Pacific region continues to lead, showing a 28 percent yearly growth and bringing the technology's subscriber reach to more than 35 million. North America, which includes the United States and Canada, also demonstrated strong growth in 2000, increasing 74 percent and now covering nearly 29 million.

LaForge said, "In 2000, CDMA growth was primarily driven by global operators' ability to deliver quality services. Now, looking ahead, we expect to see this growth continue its upward momentum with the widespread availability of advanced features such as wireless Internet and data access. We also expect to see a significant increase in subscribers this year with the continued deployment of 3G services, as well as commercial service availability in China."

CDMA 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 technology benefits wireless consumers with industry-leading in-building penetration, longer battery talk and standby time, increased privacy and better security.