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With 126 CDMA450 Operators, CDMA2000® Finds Increased Opportunities in Europe, Russia and Emerging Markets in the 450 MHz Band

COSTA MESA, Calif., September 17, 2008 – The CDMA Development Group (CDG) ( today announced that CDMA450 is rapidly expanding across all regions, thanks to its ease of deployment, affordability and designation by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) as an IMT-2000 3G service. Today, 126 operators in 65 countries have deployed or are planning to deploy CDMA450 services; 105 operators in 58 countries are already offering commercial services to more than 15 million people, and 21 operators are trialing or deploying CDMA450 in 8 more countries. CDMA450 is a 3G solution that combines next-generation CDMA2000® wireless communications services with affordable network coverage using the 450 MHz frequency band.

“The opportunity for CDMA450 continues to expand, particularly in emerging markets with rural geographies and low Internet penetration,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “CDMA2000 has proven that it can competitively satisfy the demand for affordable voice and broadband data services using the 450 MHz band in markets where it has been traditionally cost-prohibitive for other technologies to address. Also, EV-DO is helping many CDMA450 operators bring Internet connectivity to hundreds of remote villages and towns for the very first time, linking them to the rest of the world at broadband speeds and fueling their local economies.”

Nearly all CDMA450 operators offer telephony and high-speed data services using CDMA2000 1X technology. Additionally, 42 operators have deployed CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Release 0 (Rel. 0) wireless broadband data services, while 13 operators have deployed EV-DO Revision A (Rev. A) for even faster uplink and downlink speeds. Another 16 operators are deploying or planning to deploy Rel. 0 networks, while the cost benefits of Rev. A are evident with 22 operators deploying or planning to deploy the faster technology. EV-DO Rev. A offers average download speeds of 600-1400 kbps with bursts up to 3.1 Mbps and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps with bursts up to 1.8 Mbps.
CDMA450 is the most mature, flexible and widespread solution for economically providing fixed, wireless local loop (WLL) and mobile telecommunications services to both urban and underserved rural markets, especially in expansive and mountainous geographic areas. CDMA450 offers carrier-grade telephony, broadband Internet and multimedia access across very large coverage areas, which enables lower deployment and operating costs, or total cost of ownership (TCO). CDMA450 supports all of the advanced services enabled by CDMA2000, including mobile broadband and DSL replacement, VoIP, push-to-talk (PTT) and video telephony, first-responder and emergency services, broadcast and multicast, and location-based services. To provide equivalent coverage in rural areas, CDMA450 uses 70-75 percent fewer base stations than required by GSM/EDGE and WCDMA/HSPA in the 900 MHz and 2100 MHz frequency bands, respectively. With a lower total cost of ownership and the availability of ultra low-cost 3G handsets (below US$35 wholesale), CDMA enables lower tariffs and greater profitability.

The International 450 Association (IA450) was recently incorporated as part of the CDG in an effort to broaden its reach and t