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CDMA2000 Offers Operators Immediate Access to Revenue-Generating Services and a Cost-effective Migration Path

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COSTA MESA, Calif., Sept. 9, 2002 - The CDMA Development Group (CDG) ( reported today that SMARTCOM PCS is the latest service provider to deploy CDMA2000 1X in Latin America. The new 3G-enabled network will allow the operator to offer 'always on' high-speed data services and nearly double network capacity.

"The CDG congratulates SMARTCOM PCS on the launch of its 3G CDMA2000 network," said Perry LaForge, executive director for the CDG. "SMARTCOM PCS is one of the largest CDMA operators in Latin America and has always been at the forefront of technological innovation, bringing advanced services to the market."

"SMARTCOM PCS' strategy is to be the leader in providing high-speed wireless Internet services in Chile," said Jaime Gros, general manager for SMARTCOM PCS. "With CDMA2000, we are able to deploy these services quickly and with relatively small capital investment."

CDMA2000 is the only 3G technology available in Latin America today. In addition to SMARTCOM PCS, three other Latin American operators have launched CDMA2000 networks, including Centennial de Puerto Rico, and Telefonica Celular and Telesp Celular in Brazil. Nine other operators are scheduled to commercially deploy CDMA2000 throughout the region this year.

CDMA2000 is not only available to cdmaOne operators; it is a viable solution for TDMA carriers as well. It offers them a direct path to 3G and significant capacity improvements utilizing their existing core network. Nine TDMA operators worldwide, including four in Latin America, have already selected CDMA2000.

CDMA2000 dominates the 3G market today. There are 18 commercial 3G CDMA2000 networks with a global subscriber base of more than 15 million. Additionally, there are more than 160 devices providing wireless users access to 3G applications including multimedia messaging, full-color music videos, camera and motion video functionality, Internet broadcasts and animation downloaded at up to 144 Kbps on CDMA2000 networks.

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, commercially deployed by KT Freetel and SK Telecom in Korea, allows mobile users to experience the mobile Internet and reach multimedia applications at data speeds up to 2.4 Mbps.

Additional information on CDMA2000 and CDMA in Latin America is available on the CDG Web site at