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Largest Wireless Conference in Asia Brings Industry Leaders Together to Discuss Next Generation Wireless Services

HONG KONG, May 7 2001 - Former U.S. Commerce Secretary and global electronic commerce champion William Daley will deliver the keynote address at this year's 3G World Congress on Tues., June 12, 2001. Organized by the CDMA Development Group (CDG) ( and the Institute for International Research (IIR), the 3G World Congress will take place June 11-15, 2001 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. This year's conference will address all aspects of Third Generation (3G) technology through summits focused on specific aspects of next-generation features and services, and workshops geared towards both business and technical professionals.

"The CDG is honored to have William Daley participate in this year's 3G World Congress," said Perry LaForge, executive director for the CDG. "He was successful in leading the efforts of the U.S. Congress to approve terms for China's WTO inclusion and in incorporating technology standards into the Commerce Department's wide range of responsibilities. His vision for global commerce and free trade, is very important to 3G evolution and the necessary development of wireless technology."

"The wireless communications industry is a vital part of expanding global commerce and truly creating an accessible solution for people all over the world," said Daley. "I believe that the advances in wireless technology and the ability to bring those technologies to the masses will continue to pave the way to successful global commerce and communications systems. I look forward to speaking at this year's 3G World Congress and to discussing the state of 3G and its deployment throughout the world."

Daley led a cabinet department of 40,000 people with a $5 billion budget. He showed his vision and leadership when he led the U.S. federal government's efforts to promote the growth of electronic commerce by advocating policies that would enable the private sector to realize the full potential of the information technologies developed in recent years. He expanded efforts to expand trade opportunities for American business and American workers, visiting 45 countries to promote exports and open markets and promoting the use of the Internet as means for businesses to reach a global market.

The world's leading mobile operators will be present discussing the opportunities and challenges ahead for making money in the 3G wireless economy including Dick Simpson, president, Telstra International, Australia; Charles Levine, president, Sprint PCS, USA; Agnes Nardi, managing director, Hutchison Telecom; and Chris Hall, managing director, Manx Telecom (BT Wireless), UK; plus KDDI Corp, KT Freetel, ATT&T Wireless, Bell Mobility, Qwest, SK Telecom, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone.

Also attending will be a diverse group of representatives from companies, industry leaders and government regulators such as Compaq, Ericsson, Kyocera, Lucent Technologies, Nokia, Nortel Networks, QUALCOMM, Samsung, Agilent Technologies, ComWorks Corporation, Fujitsu, Motorola, Philips, CTIA, CDMA Development Group, International Bureau FCC USA, Director General of Telecommunications, OFTA, Hong Kong and others. These organizations will be discussing a variety of topics including Strategies for Profit in the Mobile & Wireless World, 3G Core Network Development & Migration to IP, Exploring the Potential of CDMA for Broadband Fixed Wireless Access, and Evaluating the Capabilities of 3G Handsets & Terminals for Next Generation Services.

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 (714) 540-1030, ext. 17, e-mail, or visit the CDG Web site at