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3G Deployments Remain On-Track, with More Scheduled for 2001

COSTA MESA, Calif., May 7, 2001 - The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today released the latest CDMA2000 deployment schedule, noting that 3G rollouts continue on-track. Two commercial CDMA2000 systems are already on-line, and the CDG ( expects to see additional commercial 3G CDMA2000 systems in Australia, Japan, Latin America and North America later this year.

"We are very pleased with the industry's efforts in making the 3G vision real," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. " We are providing this information to keep the industry abreast of CDMA2000 developments, and will be updating the information regularly."

Defined to operate in existing cellular and PCS spectrum as well as IMT spectrum, CDMA2000 is evolving to continue to meet the future demands of the wireless marketplace. Currently deployed systems exceed 150 kbps, and will evolve to 307 kbps in the near future as part of the current ITU CDMA2000 standard. The table below contains the most current CDMA2000 trial and launch plans, showing the technology will be deployed on a global scale by the end of the year.

Country CDMA2000 Trial/Launch Date
Australia Trial 3Q 2000
Brazil Launch 4Q 2001
Canada Launch 4Q 2001
Japan Launch 4Q 2001
Korea Commercial
Mexico Launch 4Q 2001
New Zealand Launch 4Q 2001
United States Launch 4Q 2001
Venezuela Trial 1H 2001

*Please visit the CDG Web site to obtain a detailed fact sheet on 3G. Also available on the site is a detailed presentation by Samsung regarding the SK Telecom 3G deployment.

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 cdmaOne 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 cdmaOne-related matters. For more information about the CDG, contact Christine Bock of the CDG News Bureau at (714) 540-1030, ext. 11, e-mail, or visit the CDG Web site at