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CDMA CERTIFICATION FORUM AUTHORIZES ADDITIONAL 3G CERTIFICATION TEST FACILITIES

Wireless Test Systems and TTA are Ready to Certify CDMA2000 Devices

COSTA MESA, Calif. – Jan. 18, 2006 – The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that two more CDMA Certification Forum (CCF) test facilities are authorized to certify CDMA2000® devices for commercial availability – Wireless Test Systems (WTS) headquartered in San Diego, California, and the Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) headquartered in Seoul, Korea.

The CCF, www.globalccf.org, is a global forum that has created a uniform and well-defined test and certification process that significantly reduces the time and cost of bringing third generation (3G) devices to market. The CCF has demonstrated that its streamlined and evolutionary CCF test process, which increases the number of test cases conducted by 40%, can thoroughly test and certify CDMA2000 devices for commercialization within three weeks at a cost of 20% lower compared to the traditional test process.

“The CDMA industry is rapidly building its capabilities to deliver high-quality product to the market at a lower cost and in a timely manner so operators are able to capitalize on the growing demand for advanced wireless communications,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “There are already operational CCF facilities in North America and Asia, and our goal is to establish a truly global network of testing resources to better serve the unique needs of individual markets.”

WTS , www.wirelesstest.com, and the TTA, www.tta.or.kr, are now ready to begin accepting CDMA2000 1X devices. Using a combination of laboratory and field tests over a period of a month, the labs will verify whether or not a device is ready for certification by the forum.  Once the modem layer functionality, product conformance, network interoperability and essential performance of the device are certified, CDMA carriers worldwide can take advantage of this certification. This is especially valuable for CDMA carriers without an existing test process.

Michael Spitzer, President and CEO of Wireless Test Systems, said, “We are very pleased to see how the highly automated CCF test process has standardized and expedited the testing of products. It will help us meet the needs of CDMA handset vendors and carriers that have short development cycles to get their devices to market quickly.”

Kyung-Sik Kim, General Manager of CDMA Testing Section at the TTA, added, “By certifying our test lab here in Korea, the CCF has ensured that the product certification needs of the CDMA2000 industry in Asia will be well served."  He also commented that, “The CCF certification process is an essential step towards improving the availability, interoperability and affordability of the increasingly sophisticated variety of CDMA2000 devices.”

 Along with NEWS IQ Labs, these two independent testing and evaluation laboratories will support the rapid commercialization of next-generation CDMA devices around the world by reducing the queue and amount of time it takes to test the commercial readiness of CDMA2000 devices.

About the CCF
The CDMA Certification Forum ( CCF) is a partnership between CDMA operators and CDMA device vendors to certify CDMA2000 devices that are ready for commercialization.  The CCF offers a streamlined global certification process that enables devices to be adequately tested and certified for commercialization in an affordable and timely manner.  Its charter is to define and maintain a global standard certification test plan to certify that CDMA2000 devices meet the requisite product conformance, network interoperability, and essential performance specifications that are dictated by international standards bodies.  The forum, whose founding members include Motorola, Nokia, QUALCOMM, Telstra, U.S. Cellular and VIA Telecom, is also responsible for validating test platforms, authorizing test facilities, auditing test data and issuing device certifications.  For more information about the CCF, visit the CCF Web site at www.globalccf.org or contact the CDG News Bureau.

About CDMA
CDMA technology’s global reach spans 210 operators in 78 countries. CDMA2000 is the most widely deployed 3G technology, with 142 CDMA2000 operators in 67 countries, including 30 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO systems. There are more than 200 million 3G CDMA2000 subscribers.  CDMA2000 has become the technology of choice for cdmaOne™, TDMA, analog and Greenfield operators, and is deployed in the 450, 800, 1700, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands. More than 900 CDMA2000 devices are available on the market.  More information on CDMA2000 is available on the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.

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 visit the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org or contact the CDG News Bureau.

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***CDMA2000 is a registered trademark of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA-USA)