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COSTA MESA, Calif., July 22, 2002 - Demonstrating its commitment to the global wireless community, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) ( has expanded its membership and active participation in leading telecom industry associations. The CDG has been a long-standing member of Third Generation Partnership Project 2 (3GPP2), Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). More recently, the CDG has signed joint membership agreements with Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA), Latin American Wireless Industry Association (Alacel), and an MoU with Association of Telecommunications Enterprises of the Andean Community (ASETA).

"The CDG's work with these organizations exemplifies our commitment to drive the evolution of wireless technologies to meet the needs of markets around the world in an emerging, information-intensive environment," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG.

The collaboration between these groups and the CDG includes an exchange of information on the implementation and deployment of the IMT-2000 family of standards, and participation in public events and educational workshops.

Through its work with 3GPP2, ITU and TIA, CDG contributes to setting standards for CDMA technologies. Most recently, CDG facilitated the creation of standards for CDMA2000 1X, 1xEV-DO and 1xEV-DV, compiled carrier needs for all-IP core network evolution and developed R-UIM capability requirements and specifications.

With CITEL and ITU, CDG helps to set regulatory and policy frameworks that promote the deployment of wireless technologies based on open standards and encompassing all core architectures.

The agreements with Alacel and ASETA demonstrate the CDG's strong commitment to supporting the growth of wireless telecommunications services in Latin America.