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CDMA2000 Offers Seamless and Economical Migration Path for TDMA Operators

COSTA MESA, Calif., Nov. 25, 2002 - The CDMA Development Group (CDG) ( announced today that already eight TDMA operators in Asia and the Americas have migrated to or are deploying CDMA2000 for 3G. CDMA2000 empowers operators to offer advanced services today with minimal investment in their network and maximum service benefits.

The CDG's executive director, Perry LaForge, commented, "TDMA operators find themselves at a critical juncture. Faced with swapping out their networks for a stronger evolutionary path, these carriers must be sure that the decisions they make today will maximize their return on investment in the future. The CDMA2000 path provides a technically and economically optimal solution, especially for TDMA operators in Latin America, the majority of which use 800 MHz spectrum."

CDMA2000 provides a seamless one-step migration path to 3G and has proven benefits such as increased capacity and delivery of revenue-generating, high-speed data applications. CDMA2000 increases the capacity of TDMA networks by four to six times, and since CDMA2000 uses the same ANSI-41 core network as TDMA, there are substantial cost savings for operators and service transparency for end users. CDMA2000 800 MHz infrastructure has been deployed around the world for over two years, and currently more than 100 800 MHz CDMA devices are supplied by 10 manufacturers.

Today, there are 26 commercial CDMA2000 networks around the world and 20 more will be deployed in coming months. Former TDMA operators who have migrated to CDMA include: Bell Mobility, BellSouth International Ecuador, BellSouth International Panama, Movilnet, Telecom Mobile Ltd., U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless Puerto Rico and Western Wireless.

A number of these operators will share their experiences at the upcoming 2002 CDMA Americas Congress, being held Dec. 3-5, 2002 in San Diego. For additional information on the Congress, please visit the event Web site at