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Video Clips, Picture Messaging, Real-Time Score Access Among The Applications Available To Subscribers In Japan and Korea During World Cup Games

HONG KONG, June 11, 2002 - Showcasing a multitude of 3G wireless services on a wide variety of color-screen devices, CDMA operators in Japan and Korea are enriching the mobile experience of the 2002 FIFA World Cup attendees by offering convenient and fun applications such as video clips of the football matches, picture messaging and real-time score access. The more than 2.5 billion expected soccer fans in attendance at the 2002 FIFA World Cup have access to these advanced services via CDMA2000 3G technology.

"As the leading technology delivering 3G services, CDMA2000 gives operators an undisputed advantage in bringing the fastest, highest-quality wireless applications for mobile users to market," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDMA Development Group (CDG) ( "The CDG congratulates the wireless operators and manufacturers in Japan and Korea for their continued advancement of the global communications industries."

In October of 2000, SK Telecom of Korea became the world's first-ever operator to commercially deploy a 3G network, making CDMA2000 the leading technology in 3G. Today, there are 15 operators with more than 10 million subscribers across the globe enjoying advanced 3G services including music downloads, casino gaming, Karaoke, and full color-graphic video games.

LaForge continued, "CDMA2000 operators are taking full advantage of 3G capabilities as a means to increase average revenue per user while meeting today's consumer demand for value-added services. As the technology continues to evolve with the now commercial deployment of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO and soon with 1xEV-DV, it is increasingly clear that CDMA2000 will continue to set the pace for next-generation services."

Today, using the high-speed wireless data standard CDMA2000 1xEV-DO (1x Evolution Data Only), leading Korean wireless operators SK Telecom and KTF are allowing mobile users to experience the mobile Internet and rich multimedia applications at speeds up to 2.4 Mbps-more than six times the speed of competing third-generation systems. In addition, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO seamlessly interoperates with CDMA2000 1X voice networks and provides data rates that exceed W-CDMA, while using merely 1.25 MHz of bandwidth.