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Wireless Industry Experts will Gather in San Diego to Discuss Opportunities with CDMA2000

COSTA MESA, Calif., Oct. 8, 2002 -- The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (, today announced the keynotes and agenda for the seventh annual CDMA Americas Congress, which will be held Dec. 3-5, 2002, at the San Diego Convention Center. The Congress is organized by the CDG and the Institution of International Research (IIR) (

Keynotes for the conference include Ralph de la Vega, president, BellSouth Latin America; Don Listwin, chairman, president and CEO, Openwave; Dr. Irwin Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm; and Dr. Greg Papadopoulos, senior vice president and CTO of Sun Microsystems.

Other speakers confirmed to date include:

  • Brian O'Shaughnessy, vice president of technology development, Bell Mobility
  • Dave Brewer, executive director, engineering and technical operations, BellSouth International
  • Brian Modoff, analyst, Deutsche Bank
  • Hiroshi Sakai, director and general manager, KDDI
  • George Tronsue, chairman and CEO, Monet Mobile Wireless
  • Ignacio Angulo, vice president engineering and operations, Movilnet
  • Karl Nebbia, deputy associate administrator, office of spectrum management, NTIA
  • Jacob Christfort, CTO and VP, Oracle
  • Andy Seybold, Forbes/Seybold's Outlook for Mobility
  • Jane Zweig, CEO, Shosteck Group
  • Jae Byun, vice president, access network division, SK Telecom
  • Rio Caraeff, vice president, wireless services, Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment
  • Bill Blessing, vice president of business development and strategy, Sprint
  • Oliver Valente, CTO, Sprint
  • David Kerr, analyst, Strategy Analytics
  • Greg Young, group manager of core products and platforms, Telstra
  • Stephen Howe, CTO, Telus
  • Mike Irizarry, CTO, US Cellular
  • Bill Stone, executive director, strategy, Verizon
  • Keith Mallinson, executive vice president, wireless mobile research, Yankee Group

"Every year, the Americas Congress brings the region's leaders in CDMA technologies together, delivering exceptional keynote speakers and topics that address the focus areas of the wireless industry," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "Conference presentations, panels and workshops featuring industry experts will provide attendees with compelling technical information and the latest business opportunities available with CDMA2000."

The 2002 CDMA Americas Congress offers delegates the chance to network with more than 1,400 colleagues from the world's leading operators, device manufacturers, technology suppliers and application developers. Highlights of the agenda include sessions on revenue-generating services and applications, new opportunities with WLAN, enterprise applications and messaging, results from service providers currently operating CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO systems, 3G migration solutions for Latin American operators, and the eighth annual CDMA Test Forum, which will explore CDMA2000 performance and interoperability testing.

Sponsors of the Americas Congress to date include Airvana, Convergys Corp., Ericsson, Huawei Technologies, Kyocera Wireless, Lucent Technologies, Metawave, Nokia, Nortel Networks, Qualcomm, Spirent Communications, Inc. and Wavecom.

For more information about the conference and to register online, please visit the event Web site at