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CDMA COMMUNITY ADVANCES INTERNATIONAL ROAMING CAPABILITIES

More Than 80 Carriers and Vendors Gathered to Discuss Roaming Opportunities During CDMA Global Roaming Symposium

COSTA MESA, Calif., Dec. 29, 2003 – The CDMA Development Group (CDG), in conjunction with the Korean Ministry of Information and Communication, hosted the third annual CDMA Global Roaming Symposium (CGR) in Miami. This year’s symposium was attended by 46 companies, including 20 carriers from Asia, Latin America, North America and the Middle East. Participants discussed roaming advancements on CDMA networks and outlined the roadmap for providing seamless delivery of voice and data services across all continents and technologies.

Currently there are more than 160 existing roaming agreements between CDMA operators across all continents, with additional agreements expected soon. The CDMA industry has already established the implementation guidelines for internetworking, billing and testing to enable a service provider to quickly deploy international roaming services for their customers. The main focus of the industry efforts now are inter-standard roaming, MMS and packet-data roaming and fraud management.

"The CDMA industry is spearheading the effort to provide inter-standard and packet-data roaming capabilities to further expand services without boundaries,” said Perry LaForge, executive director for the CDG. “We are bridging the gap between different numbering schemes, different billing and signaling systems and different network elements to give CDMA subscribers greater roaming freedom.”

The 2004 CDMA Global Roaming Symposium will be held in conjunction with the 3G World Congress scheduled for November 15-19, 2004 in Hong Kong.
Further information about the CGR can be found in the Events section on the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.

The CDMA Development Group is a trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of CDMA technologies. The more than 100 member companies of the CDG include many of the world’s largest wireless operators and equipment manufacturers. The primary activities of the CDG include development of CDMA features and services, public relations, education and seminars, regulatory affairs and international support. Currently, there are more than 500 individuals working within various CDG subcommittees on CDMA-related matters. For more information about the CDG, contact Valerie Christopherson of the CDG News Bureau at +1-714-540-1030, ext. 14, e-mail vchristopherson@bockpr.com, or visit the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.

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