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Associations Exchange Information Related to Global Wireless Communications

MIAMI, Dec. 8, 2003 – A cooperation agreement between the CDMA Development Group (CDG) ( and the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) ( has been signed today, creating a framework to coordinate efforts in implementing activities, of common interest. This agreement establishes a mechanism to ensure cooperation, and avoid duplication of efforts and expenditures, allowing for information exchange between the two associations on various aspects of wireless communications. The announcement was made at the CDMA Americas Congress being held this week in Miami.

“This agreement with CITEL demonstrates the CDG’s ongoing commitment to growing the global 3G services market, especially within Latin America, a region with tremendous opportunity,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “Information sharing among organizations such as the CDG and CITEL enables the harmonious development and expansion of 3G wireless telephony across the globe.”

“This collaboration will provide both entities with first-hand knowledge on important issues affecting the industry, allowing us to work seamlessly and without duplicating efforts,” said Clovis Baptista, executive secretary of CITEL. “This is an especially important initiative given the role that wireless technologies now play in the provision of connectivity.”

Under the agreement, CITEL and the CDG will exchange information and coordinate the organization of seminars, meetings and roundtables on matters of common interest; collaborate on joint projects, training and publications.

About the CDG

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 carriers 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, or visit the CDG Web site at


The Inter-American Telecommunication Commission serves as the advisory body of the Organization of American States in all matters related to telecommunications in the Americas. At CITEL participate 35 Member States and nearly 200 Associate Members from the private sector. The Organization of American States is the oldest regional organization in the world and encompassing the Caribbean and Central American countries, as well as North and South America.

CITEL has been entrusted by the Heads of State at the Summits of the Americas with specific mandates to intensify its activities in key areas. Its objectives include facilitating and promoting the continuous development of telecommunications in the Hemisphere.

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