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CDG NORTH AMERICA REGIONAL CONFERENCE SHOWCASES CDMA2000  

Sessions Demonstrate How CDMA2000® Has Set the Benchmark for Mobile Telecommunications

COSTA MESA, Calif. — October 15, 2007 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today reported the success of this year’s 3G CDMA North America Regional Conference, which took place October 8-10, at the Westin Horton Plaza in San Diego. Over 150 key executives from all facets of the CDMA ecosystem convened to discuss the ways in which CDMA2000® has emerged as a benchmark wireless telecommunications technology based on its evolutionary path, economies of scale and scope, seamless coverage, affordable multi-mode devices, compatibility and interoperability, and superior performance numbers.

“As CDMA2000 continues to evolve and to mature, the benefits of the technology have come into full relief,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “The North America Regional Conference showcased the ways in which the technology leads the industry both in the Americas and abroad. From its core competencies, such as performance, to its vast adaptability to varying terrain, CDMA2000 is ahead of all other competing technologies.”

The conference program included a CDMA University training course on “1xEV-DO concepts for business professionals;” an Advanced Wireless Services (AWS), 700 MHz and public safety workshop; keynote addresses from Carol Realini, CEO of Obopay, Bernard Kim, Head of North American Sales for Electronic Arts, John Smedley, CEO of Sony Online Entertainment, Jorey Ramer, Vice President, Corporate Development, JumpTap, Steve Andler, Vice President, Marketing, Networks in Motion, Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm, and Ben Vos, Vice President, Core Technologies, Sprint Nextel; and panel sessions that focused on the evolution from CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO Rev. A, to Rev. B and beyond. To close out the conference, a panel of C-level executives from KDDI (Japan), SK Telecom (Korea), Sprint Nextel and Starcomms (Nigeria) discussed their experiences in deploying CDMA2000 and the current and future opportunities and challenges they face.

By the numbers, CDMA2000 leads the industry in the following categories:

  • Voice capacity and quality: Up to 66 simultaneous calls per sector with call clarity MOS scores of 3.73 , similar to wireline
  • Broadband data throughput: Mobile data downloads averaging 600-1400 kbps per user
  • Network latency: Return transmission time delays averaging less than 50 msec
  • Coverage: Extended cell coverage solutions extending signal connectivity up to 150 km
  • Affordable devices: Up to 56 Very Low End (VLE) devices from 13 suppliers
  • Service selection: Well over 2000 distinct applications and revenue-generating services
  • Revenue per user: An average global ARPU of around US$35, calculated from 200 operators
  • Total cost of network ownership: As low as US$10 per connection, based on greater spectral efficiencies and robust RF propagation characteristics
  • Topology flexibility: Cost-effective delivery of services in densely populated urban markets as well as sparsely populated rural areas; from developed to emerging markets
  • Network flexibility: Fixed, WLL, limited mobility, or full mobility networks; circuit and packet switched connections; contiguous or non-contiguous coverage; 450, 700, 800, 1700, 1900 and 2100 MHz frequency assignments and multi-band combinations
  • WLL services: More than 140 deployments, making it the de facto global standard for WLL services

To download the presentations from the conference, please visit www.cdg.org/NARC 2007.

About CDMA2000
CDMA2000 is the most widely deployed 3G technology, with 241 operators in 99 countries, including 79 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO systems, serving more than 378 million subscribers. Counting 2G cdmaOne™ subscribers, there are more than 400 million CDMA users worldwide. CDMA2000 has become the technology of choice for developed and emerging market operators, and is deployable in the 450, 700, 800, 1700, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands. More than 1,700 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 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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Note to editors
cdmaOne is a registered trademark of the CDMA Development Group. CDMA2000 is a registered trademark of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA-USA).