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COSTA MESA, Calif., Jan. 22, 2002 - During a live, interactive webcast held last week, CDMA Development Group (CDG) ( executive officers Brian O'Shaughnessy, president of the CDG and vice president of wireless technology for Bell Mobility; Greg Young, vice president of planning for the CDG and group manager, core products and platforms for Telstra; Oliver Valente, treasurer of the CDG and CTO for Sprint PCS; and Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG, examined CDMA's achievements in 2001 and what's ahead for the technology in 2002.

"CDMA operators and manufacturers around the world further advanced the technology and continued to deliver on the promise of 3G during 2001," said LaForge. "In the year ahead, the industry will see additional deployments of 3G services with CDMA2000, ongoing technology evolution, the introduction of more innovative devices, as well as the development of cutting-edge applications."

2001 offered achievements in areas such as technology innovation, roaming, and applications. CDMA technology reached more than 117 million subscribers, including 3.5 CDMA2000 users on eight commercial networks at year's end. Other milestones from 2001 include the recognition of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO (Evolution Data-Only) as part of the IMT-2000 standard by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU); advancement of 1xEV-DV (Evolution Data-Voice) by 3GPP2; development of standards for all-IP core networks; launch of new 3G applications; and completion of the CDMA user identity module (UIM) standard.

Regional developments in 2001 included:

Asia Pacific:
The Asia-Pacific CDMA community celebrated the first-year anniversary of the commercial availability of 3G CDMA2000. Korean CDMA2000 operators are experiencing phenomenal uptake of advanced services, such as SMS with picture attachments, karaoke and games, which generate more usage and higher revenue than 2G technologies.

The birthplace of 3G offers further promise for the technology with the launch of China Unicom's CDMA network, the approval of limited mobility in India, the introduction of inter-standard GSM-CDMA messaging in Australia, and the conversion of a TDMA network to CDMA in New Zealand.

CDMA is the dominant technology in North America, currently representing a larger subscriber base than any other digital wireless standard. cdmaOne operators successfully completed 3G trials and will be first to launch 3G in the region. And new operators are joining the CDMA family; US Cellular announced plans to migrate its TDMA network to CDMA2000.

Latin America continues to be the fastest growing region for CDMA. Operators in Jamaica and Puerto Rico offered new CDMA services, Peru launched the region's first IS-95B system, Brazil's Telesp commercially deployed 3G CDMA2000, and Venezuela's Movilnet announced plans to overlay its TDMA network with CDMA2000.

CDMA also made headway in Europe and Russia with the announcements of CDMA450 trials and deployments.

Looking ahead, 2002 promises to build on the successes of 2001 and offer additional new accomplishments. cdmaOne will continue to expand across all regions, and 16 operators have announced they will launch CDMA2000 networks this year. CDMA2000 1xEV-DO will be commercially deployed this year, offering data speeds at up to 2.4 Mbps.

An archive of the webcast, which was hosted by the CDG and produced by Digevent (, a company that produces live and on-demand interactive online events, can be viewed on the CDG's website located at

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