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CDG Successfully Concludes 2002 CDMA Latin America Regional Conference

COSTA MESA, Calif., April 29, 2002 - The CDMA Development Group (CDG) ( today announced the successful conclusion of the 2002 CDMA Latin America Regional Conference, held recently in São Paulo, Brazil. Senior executives from wireless operators, regulatory bodies, analyst firms and equipment manufacturers provided conference delegates insight into industry trends and developments in 3G CDMA2000 technology, as well as opportunities for next-generation services in Latin America. The conference attracted nearly 200 representatives from regional service providers, vendors and the media.

"Participation at this year's Latin America Conference is indicative of the region's heightened interest in bringing advanced wireless services to market, and is exemplified through the launch of 3G CDMA2000 services by operators Centennial in Puerto Rico, and Telefônica Celular and Telesp Celular in Brazil," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "This is truly an exciting time for the CDMA industry. Since October 2000, 13 operators around the globe have successfully launched CDMA2000 services, bringing real 3G applications to market."

The conference focused on 3G opportunities for Latin America. Topics discussed included TDMA migration to CDMA2000, maximizing capacity and performance of CDMA2000, 3G business opportunities, 3G applications and CDMA2000 devices.

Among the speakers at the conference were Brian O'Shaughnessy, vice president, wireless technology, Bell Mobility; Dave Brewer, executive director, engineering and technical operations, BellSouth International; Omar Flores Carrillo, roaming and long distance marketing manager, Iusacell; Changmoon Han, manager, access network development team, SK Telecom; Wuilian Salamanca, engineering manager, Smartcom PCS; John Dubois, director, international business development, Sprint PCS; and Luis Avelar, vice president, Telesp Celular. Other presenters included senior executives from Ericsson, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Nortel Networks, Qualcomm and the Yankee Group.

The next major CDMA industry event, the 3G World Congress, will be held June 10-14, 2002 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong. For more information, visit