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THE CDMA DEVELOPMENT GROUP AND INTERNATIONAL 450 ASSOCIATION JOIN FORCES TO STRENGTHEN INDUSTRY
Consolidation will streamline resources, increase regional focus and enhance value of services provided to member companies
COSTA MESA, CALIF. — July 8, 2008 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that the International 450 Association (IA450) has been incorporated as part of the CDG in an effort to broaden its reach and tap into additional resources to support global CDMA450 initiatives and provide increased benefits for its member companies. The merged IA450 will become a CDMA450 Special Interest Group (SIG) within the CDG, continuing its leadership role in promoting CDMA450 worldwide.
As a result of the unanimous vote to merge on June 12, 2008, current members in good standing of the IA450 now have full access to the services offered by the CDG and are eligible for Executive Board membership. Additionally, as CDG members, they will be able to participate on the CDG's technical, advocacy, International roaming and device strategy teams, which help to set the direction of the industry.
“Having the International 450 Association as part of the CDG will enrich our efforts to expand the benefits of CDMA450 around the world,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “This will further strengthen the ability for CDMA2000 in the 450 MHz band to succeed in rapidly growing emerging markets, such as Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Russia.”
The IA450 promotes the use of CDMA2000 in the 450 MHz band throughout the world, supporting industry standards and spectrum harmonization efforts to advance the deployment of the technology. CDMA450 is commercially available from 88 operators in 50 countries and is rapidly becoming the technology of choice for emerging markets and rural geographies by taking advantage of the spectral efficiency and high-speed data capabilities of CDMA2000 and the expanded coverage afforded by a lower frequency band.
“The IA450 has succeeded in establishing CDMA450 as one of the most advanced and economically viable solutions for providing 3G services to both rural and urban settings,” said Tina Radford, chairman of the IA450. “Combining our efforts with the CDG will broaden our ability to satisfy the increasing demand for affordable telephony and broadband data services in emerging markets. Building upon the momentum we have created, we look forward to working with the CDG to further accelerate the adoption of CDMA450.”
More information on CDMA is available at www.cdg.org.
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