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Solution to support national security, emergency response and public safety services in Washington D.C.

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. — October 8, 2007 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that leading infrastructure providers, including Airvana, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei and Nortel are offering CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO Rev. A broadband equipment to support federal, state and local government public safety and first responder organizations. The first such Rev. A system is already being deployed by the National Capitals Region (NCR) in Washington, D.C., with coverage including the White House and U.S. Capitol building, to support national security, emergency response and other public safety services.

“CDMA2000 Rev. A solutions enable the secure, reliable and robust delivery of a broad range of mobile broadband applications that meet the mission-critical needs of public safety and first responder agencies,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “The CDMA2000 industry will be first to deliver these vital services in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner using commercially available technology.”

Deploying EV-DO Rev. A equipment offers an ideal solution to meet the wide-area mobile broadband communication needs of the public safety community, including fire, law enforcement, emergency medical, homeland security first-responders, and public servants. It enables voice communications, email access, web browsing, instant messaging, picture messaging, push-to-talk, push-to-video, video conferencing, and concurrent voice over IP (VoIP) and data services. It also provides field personnel with the ability to instantly and reliably receive and transmit critical information, such as high-resolution documents, maps, photographs, audio files, videos, and to access public safety databases.

Commercial EV-DO Rev. A public safety communications solutions offer the following vital attributes:

  • A standards-based, All-IP, unified solution – designed to meet the current and future needs of public and private safety agencies, while ensuring full interoperability between and among these organizations
  • A mature, field-proven, economical solution – enabling a sustainable business model using commercially available equipment and extended coverage
  • Functionality and Interoperability with other Wide Area Network (WAN) cellular communication systems, 802.11-based Personal Area Networks (PAN), Bluetooth and infrared wireless connectivity, independent of the infrastructure or terminal supplier
  • Robust, secure, state-of-the-art services – leveraging advancements in commercial telecommunications technology, including multimedia, connectivity, positioning and storage interfaces (e.g., MPEG4, H.264, MP3, WMA, REAL, E-AAC+, DVB-H, FLO, UWB, USB, MIDI, 3D graphics, A-GPS, microSD cards, etc.) and mobile application execution environments (Mobile Windows, Palm, BREW, Java, Linux, etc.)
  • Advanced Quality of Service (QoS ) mechanisms – enabling citizens, emergency field personnel and authorities to communicate ‘real-time’ using priority-based telephony, ‘carrier grade’ push-to-talk (two-way radio), role-based user authorization, discrete listening, call interruption and concurrent voice (VoIP) and broadband data services
  • Affordable, ruggedized, low power consumption terminals with large high-resolution displays, push-to-talk buttons, built-in Megapixel cameras, video recorders, stereo speakers and GPS position location technology that support extended standby and talk times using Li-Ion, NiMH, polymer or AAA batteries
  • Flexible, deployable and scalable networks using flat IP-based core network architecture, compact media switches and gateways, deployable base stations and multiple backhaul options (T1/E1, IP terrestrial, microwave, satellite, fiber, etc.)
  • Resiliency and Sustainability using Over-The-Air Service Provisioning (OTASP) and Parameter Administration (OTAPA)
  • Backward and forward compatibility including an evolution path that will enable the delivery of ultra mobile broadband applications with peak data rates reaching 280 Mbps

CDG and its members plan to work with public safety organizations such as NPSTC to define and implement products and applications that meet the needs of national and local governments.

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About CDMA2000
CDMA2000 is the most widely deployed 3G technology, with 226 operators in 97 countries, including 77 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO systems and 9 Rev. A commercial networks.   CDMA2000 has become the technology of choice for developed and emerging market operators, and is deployed in the 450, 700, 800, 1700, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands.  Close to 1,800 CDMA2000 devices from over 92 suppliers have been introduced to the market, including more than 460 1xEV-DO and 35 Rev. A devices.  More information on CDMA2000 is available on the CDG Web site at

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  

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