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CDG COMMENDS NOKIA AND SANYO VENTURE TO DEVELOP CDMA HANDSETS

Partners hip to Facilitate Greater Choice for CDMA Operators

COSTA MESA, Calif. — March 2, 2006 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) today announced that the organization commends the recent announcement of a new company to be formed by Nokia and SANYO, specifically focused on making mobile phones based on the CDMA2000 standard. The deal marks CDMA’s continued proliferation and stronghold in the global telecommunications industry.

"We congratulate Nokia and SANYO on their recently announced preliminary agreement, which will help ensure an even greater selection of CDMA handsets for operators around the world," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "I was fortunate to meet with some of the management of both companies over the last few days and I can tell you there is great excitement about the new company. The combined entity will have a broadly appealing product portfolio, strong brand recognition and a solid technology base. It is an exciting combination, leveraging the strengths of each organization with minimal overlap. The CDG looks forward to working with the forthcoming new company on the further growth of CDMA2000 worldwide and we are pleased with their very strong support of our handset cost reduction and handset testing activities.”

About CDMA2000
CDMA2000 is the most widely deployed 3G technology, with 149 CDMA2000 operators in 68 countries. There are more than 225 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 950 CDMA2000 devices are available on the market. 

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 the CDG News Bureau at +1-714-540-1030, or visit the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.

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