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TELECOM NEW ZEALAND CREATES HEALTHY COMPETITION WITH CDMA2000

TNZ will be One of the First in the World to Offer 3G Advanced Mobile Broadband Services with CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A

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COSTA MESA, Calif., October 10, 2006 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) reported today that Telecom New Zealand is on track to upgrade its network to CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO Revision A, starting in December 2006. Rev. A enables operators around the world to deliver average data throughput speeds of 800 kbps over the downlink and 400 kbps over the uplink, with peak speeds reaching 3.1 Mbps and 1.8 Mbps, respectively, on a dedicated 1.25 MHz data carrier. In comparison, WCDMA operators, using more than three times the amount of spectrum, will be able to provide similar speeds on a shared 5 MHz voice and data carrier, with voice communications retaining the priority when using the carrier.

Historically, TNZ was the first to bring 3G wireless mobile broadband data services to the country with 1xEV-DO Release 0. Now, with Rev. A, TNZ will be one of the first in the world and the first in New Zealand to seamlessly offer advanced broadband data services to its valued clients.

Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG, commented, “Subscribers want instant access to the Internet, their e-mail and corporate VPN accounts wherever they are, and at any time. Since TNZ launched EV-DO, the positive response received from their subscribers has led the market to shift to 3G broadband data services in New Zealand. With EV-DO, users can access their value-added data services anytime and anywhere, within TNZ’s EV-DO coverage area, regardless of whether they are sitting at a desk inside of a building using their laptop, or traveling in a taxi, bus or train using their PDA. Whenever they leave the EV-DO coverage area, they can continue to seamlessly access their data across the existing CDMA2000 1X network.”

Rev. A, the next evolution of CDMA2000, is changing the rules within the wireless industry again by offering lower latencies to support delay sensitive applications such as carrier grade voice over IP (VoIP) and push-to-talk (PTT). It also supports faster upload speeds so users can send photographs, personal videos and emails with large attachments from their mobile device.

Starting in December 2006, TNZ will begin offering Rev. A-enabled services in Auckland. By mid 2007, these services will be offered in key cities across New Zealand such as Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton and Dunedin. All remaining EV-DO cell sites throughout New Zealand will be upgraded to Rev A by December 2007.

More information on CDMA2000 is available on the CDG web site at www.cdg.org.

About CDMA
CDMA2000 is the most widely deployed 3G technology, with 176 operators in 75 countries, including 51 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO systems, serving more than 275 million subscribers.  Counting 2G cdmaOne™ subscribers, there are more than 335 million CDMA users worldwide.  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. Nearly 1,460 CDMA2000 devices from more than 85 suppliers have been introduced to the market, including more than 350 1xEV-DO devices.  More information on CDMA2000 is available on the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.

About CDG
The CDMA Development Group is a trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of CDMA2000 technologies. The more than 130 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 CDMA2000 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 CDMA2000-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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