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CDMA Technology Drives Wireless Internet Penetration Worldwide

COSTA MESA, Calif., March 6, 2001 - Wireless Internet and data use on code division multiple access (CDMA) networks is growing substantially and this trend is expected to continue, according to the CDMA Development Group (CDG) ( On this note, the CDG announced that there are more than 22 million subscribers using wireless Internet services over cdmaOne networks. This represents nearly 30 percent penetration of cdmaOne subscribers.

"CDMA is the world's primary enabling technology for wireless Internet and data, and will continue to be the driver of wireless data adoption. Korea deployed a third generation 307kbps capable CDMA2000 network in the second half of 2000, and further deployments will continue through 2001," said Perry LaForge, executive director for the CDG. "With the rapid wireless Internet growth in existing cdmaOne markets in North America and Asia, combined with the continued expansion in Latin America and China, the CDG expects that there will be more than 50 million cdmaOne and CDMA2000 based wireless Internet users by year's end."

According to industry analysts, sales of Internet-ready wireless phones, the most popular mobile-access device, will surpass one billion annually by 2004. By the end of 2002, virtually all wireless phones will be pre-loaded with mini-browsers and will be Internet-enabled. CDMA manufacturers continue to roll out a number of Internet data and 3G devices, including phones, smart phones and PC cards. Devices are commercially deployed on cdmaOne networks operating at 14 kbps and 64 kbps, as well as 3G (CDMA2000) networks optimized at 307 kbps.