CDMA Development Group Honors Leading Companies and Individuals
for Wireless Innovations in 2003
MIAMI, Dec. 9, 2003 – The 3G CDMA Industry Achievement Awards ceremony
was held yesterday during the CDMA Americas Congress at the Miami Beach Convention
Center. Recognizing companies and individuals for their contributions to the
wireless industry, the awards were presented by Perry LaForge, executive director
of the CDG, and Oliver Valente, president of the CDG and vice president, technology
development at Sprint.
“The CDMA community continues to lead in the deployment of 3G wireless
services across the globe. We take this opportunity to acknowledge the key
who have helped in the successful development and launch of CDMA2000®,” said
LaForge. “The CDG congratulates this year’s award recipients, and
applauds their dedication to the advancement of 3G wireless technologies.”
year’s 3G CDMA Industry Achievement Award recipients are:
Industry Leadership Award
This award is given to the individual who has provided
dynamic leadership in 3G CDMA industry activities, including contributions
to standards development
and the growth and evolution of CDMA.
2003 Award Recipient: Richard Lynch of Verizon Wireless, for the important role he played at Verizon Wireless
during the launch of both CDMA2000 1X and
This award is given to companies that have contributed
significantly to the expansion of 3G CDMA through system deployments.
China Unicom Limited, for its leading role in deploying
CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO and its efforts toward expanding international
VIVO, for being the first operator in Latin America to deploy CDMA2000
This award is given to the carrier that has leveraged the
capabilities of 3G CDMA to introduce innovative and industry-leading services
to the market.
2003 Award Recipient: Verizon Wireless, for its implementation
of open standard MMS and the successful deployment of 1xEV-DO services
in San Diego and Washington,
Subscriber Technology Innovation
This award is given to the company that demonstrates
forward thinking in terms of services supported and terminal design. Resulting
products take advantage
of the inherent benefits and latest technological developments of 3G
CDMA, offering consumers state-of-the-art terminals in terms of both features
2003 Award Recipient: LG Electronics, for its innovative CDMA2000
including the VX6000, the first CDMA2000 handset with standardized MMS support
and the SV130/KV1300 1xEV-DO models that offer one-hour video clip recording
and 96 MB memory storage.
Network Technology Innovation
This award is given to the company that has introduced
network capabilities that allow CDMA carriers flexible and cost-effective
solutions for implementing
advanced features and an easy solution path to further enhancements.
Award Recipient: Airvana, for its contributions to the development and
deployment of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO.
This award is given to the company that has brought new
ideas and different approaches to product deployment in their respective
provide value-added, cost-effective implementations for carriers supporting
the advancement of CDMA into the market.
2003 Award Recipient: QUALCOMM,
for its contributions toward GSM1x and the development of innovative chipsets
such as the MSM6100 that supports multimedia
functionality including MP3 players, voice capture and advanced gaming.
This award is given to companies that have brought
new ideas and different approaches to developing applications for 3G networks.
provide carriers revenue-generating product offerings and attract customers
with innovative services, whether for entertainment or information purposes.
KDDI for services such as eznavigation, a GPS location-based
service that offers maps and real-time location information and ezmovie
that allows users
to view news, movie trailers and attach video clips.
SK Telecom for their
applications including June, which offers VOD, MOD, videophone, MMS and
TV broadcasting and Moneta, a secure payment service.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
or visit the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.
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