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COSTA MESA, Calif., Feb. 24, 2003 - The CDMA Development Group (CDG) ( reported today that CDMA operators worldwide are focusing on expanding roaming relationships in Central and Latin America (CALA). With 28 operators in 15 countries and 26 million subscribers, CDMA has a strong roaming base in the region, and CDMA operators from Asia and North America view this as an opportunity to grow their global reach.

"CALA is an important roaming market for CDMA, and roaming between North and South America represents the greatest opportunity for growth. With CDMA operations in common frequency bands (800 MHz and 1900 MHz) and more than 80 million subscribers, it is an easy business decision for carriers in the Americas to offer roaming capabilities," said Perry LaForge, executive director for the CDG.

CALA CDMA operators have roaming agreements within the region as well as in Asia and North America, allowing their subscribers to make and receive calls in key markets like Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mexico and the United States. Some operators are also in the process of establishing relationships in new markets such as China and New Zealand.

Sprint, one of the leading operators in the United States, has roaming agreements in 17 countries in South America, including Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Peru. "Sprint's roaming service enables our customers to stay in touch while traveling," said John Dubois, director of International Business Development for Sprint. "It is important for Sprint to provide seamless roaming coverage throughout Latin America."

"Today, operators are seeking a competitive edge and new sources of revenue, and roaming can be a key value-added service," said LaForge. "The CDG will continue to play a key role in facilitating roaming services across CDMA networks worldwide."

The CDMA Development Group is a trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of cdmaOneTM and CDMA2000. The 110 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, or visit the CDG Web site at