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CDMA Maps Out Its Future

Delegates to the second annual CDMA World Congress can look back over ayear of escalating activity. As recent events have proved, interest in IS-95 is growing fast, not only in the spectrum-hungry industrialized nations, but also in the developing world.

The second annual CDMA World Congress is to "celebrate rapid global deployment and highlight future developments," according to the organizers. Against a backdrop of dozens of installed systems covering hundreds of cities and millions of customers worldwide, CDMA service providers and equipment makers will gather for a second time in Singapore to look back at the accelerating pace of deployment of CDMA and its growing acceptance as a global standard for digital wireless technology.

Delegates to the Second Annual CDMA World Congress, to be held June 2-6 at the Raffles City Convention Center in Singapore, will also learn of new applications for wireless local loop, LEO satellite communications networks, and developments for the next generation of CDMA systems.

"In just ten months of commercial deployment, CDMA's phenomenal global expansion and adoption marks the most successful introduction of any new communications technology to date," said Perry LaForge, Executive Director of the CDMA Development Group (CDG), the conference organizer. "We have learned some valuable lessons from the first commercial launches over the past year and we'll be sharing these along with business cases for future deployments."

LaForge said the first CDMA World Congress, held one year ago in Singapore, proved a watershed event in the commercialization of CDMA technology. "CDMA technology has seen unprecedented growth in the past year, with successful commercial launches in the United States and Asia," he said, noting that the significance of the technology's success in Asia, the most dynamic growth area in communications today, cannot be overstated. The Congress participants will be especially buoyant about IS-95's success in Japan, where one of the world's biggest cellular contracts has gone to Motorola, and at news of trials of CDMA technology taking place around the world.

The World Congress is expected to attract more than 800 attendees, representing wireless equipment manufacturers and service providers from every continent. They will gather to discuss their immediate plans for further wide-scale deployment of CDMA networks and critical issues in marketing CDMA products and services.

The conference will also serve as a backdrop for major announcements from some of the world's leading manufacturers and service providers. An exhibition displaying the latest CDMA infrastructure, subscriber and test equipment will provide ample opportunity to view the newest CDMA products.

In addition to an exceptional line-up of speakers, workshops tailored to varying professional needs will examine essential technical and market development issues for service providers.

An introductory workshop titled Fundamentals of CDMA for Non-Technical Professionals will address the needs of marketing, financial and sales managers as well as analysts and corporate communications managers. Technical professionals will benefit from the Technical Planning for CDMA Network Deployment workshop. The Building Your CDMA Wireless Business workshop will address the needs of general managers, strategic planners and market developers. The World Congress follows the success of the recently held China CDMA Summit and the CDMA Operators Forum in New Delhi, India. Both can be seen as responding to the escalating need for CDMA wireless services in developing countries, says the CDG.

The New Delhi Forum surpassed expectations in attendance and participation, particularly from India's Department of Telecommunications. More than 130 delegates from the Indian telecommunications community were in attendance to hear leading authorities on CDMA technology discuss wireless communications issues and solutions affecting the India region.

"Developing countries like India are facing a demand for new business and residential telephone service-because of the unique features and benefits of CDMA technology, more and more operators are choosing CDMA-based Wireless Local Loop networks to deliver these services," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "In fact, the Indian Department of Telecommunications has recently deployed a CDMA Wireless Local Loop system in the New Delhi area."

The forum began with welcoming comments from V.M. Trehan, president of Telematics India and chairman of the Mekaster Group of Companies. The inaugural address was presented by Shri Shyamal Ghosh, secretary of the Indian Department of Electronics, and the keynote address was delivered by N. Vittal, former chairman for the Indian Telecom Commission, Department of Telecommunications.

Technical sessions featured several of the world's leading authorities on wireless communications, including Dr. Irwin Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of Qualcomm Inc.; Paul Eyerman, senior product manager for WILL Infrastructure Products for Motorola Inc.; Mohan Lakshminarayan, director of wireless networks for Nortel; Varsha Clare, director of systems development for AirTouch Communications; Sam Samra, director, technology planning and development for Sprint PCS; Sunil B. Mittal, chairman and chief managing director for Bharti Telecom Ltd., one of India's leading private telecom service providers; Jagbir Singh, senior manager for Lucent Technologies Inc.; Terry Yen, chairman of CDG's Asia-Pacific Working Group; and several speakers from India's Telecom Commission, Department of Telecommunications.

Scheduled speakers at the CDMA World Congress include:

  • Neil Montefiore, Chief Executive of Singapore MobileOne PTE
  • Dr. Jung Uck Seo, President of Korea Mobile Telecom
  • Doug Dwyer, President of Globalstar L.P.
  • Craig Farrill, Vice President, Strategic Technology of AirTouch Communications
  • Keith Kaczmarek, Vice President, Engineering and Chief Technology Officer of PrimeCo Personal Communications
  • Ferdi Schell, Vice President, Engineering of BC Tel Mobility
  • Randy Crouse, Assistant Vice President, Technology of GTE Wireless
  • Irwin Jacobs, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Qualcomm, Inc
  • Tony Hennen, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Motorola Cellular Infrastructure Group Product Operations
  • Scott Erickson, Vice President and General Manager of Wireless Infrastructure, Lucent Technologies
  • Matt Desch, President, Wireless Networks Division of Northern Telecom

SMALL WONDER FOR SINGAPORE SHOW

To be unveiled at the CDMA World Congress is what Motorola Cellular Industry Group describes as the industry's smallest and most advanced CDMA fixed wireless terminal for wireless local loop systems.

Called the WiLL 1900SC, the new single-line, 1.9 GHz CDMA unit is a highly integrated wireless terminal for business and residential wireless local loop applications that provides customers with wireline voice quality. The WiLL 1900SC, which can be wall-mounted or placed on a desk, for example, weighs just 820 grams (1.8 pounds) and is just 2.16 liters (215mm x 165mm x 61mm or 8.5 x 6.5 x 2.4 inches) in size.

Unlike mobile phones used in fixed locations, the new WiLL 1900SC functions like a traditional wired telephone. It easily connects via an R-11 jack with standard telephone devices. It will support traditional and cordless phones, answering and fax machines and personal computers. It also provides such landline amenities as a dial tone and multiple extensions. The WiLL 1900SC offers a selection of three vocoders: 8 kbps and 13 kbps vocoders and the new 8 kbps Enhanced Variable Rate Coder (EVRC).