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CDMA DEVICE TEST AND CERTIFICATION PROCESSES CoNVERGE
Consolidation of Resources Will Increase Economies of Scale and Accelerate the Qualification of Devices for CDMA Operators in All Markets
COSTA MESA, Calif., February 4, 2008 – The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) today announced the transfer of the CDG’s System Test Team (STT) work and documents to the CDMA Certification Forum (CCF) as part of an effort to provide the CDMA2000® industry with a single, streamlined global device certification process. The consolidated process will allow vendors to achieve new economies of scale and deliver products faster when qualifying a device for multiple markets or for multiple operators within a single market. The new process will be available this year.
“The CDG sees value in having a single CDMA device certification process,” said James Person, chief operating officer of the CDG. “Recognizing the CCF as the sole device certification authority allows the CDG to increase its focus on creating common device feature and functional requirements to enable greater economies of scale and accelerate product availability. We would like to thank the System Test Team for its pioneering work in developing test guidelines that have been the cornerstone of an industry-wide device acceptance process for more than a decade.”
“We are pleased to bring the experience and expertise of the System Test Team into the CCF to help build an increasingly comprehensive and more cost-effective test process for the CDMA industry,” said Thomas Erickson, president of the CCF. “This convergence allows the CCF to increase the value of its device certification process, enabling an even broader adoption by operators who are offering low-end to high-end products and services in the most demanding markets.”
CDMA2000 is the most widely deployed 3G technology, with 250 operators in 99 countries, including 82 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO systems, serving more than 400 million subscribers. Counting 2G cdmaOne™ subscribers, there are more than 421 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 1,900 CDMA2000 devices from over 107 suppliers have been introduced to the market, including more than 492 1xEV-DO and 43 Rev A devices. More information on CDMA2000 is available on the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org
About the CCF
Every day the CDMA Certification Forum (CCF) is playing a critical role in ensuring that CDMA2000 devices come to market faster and at a lower cost than ever before. It certifies that CDMA2000 devices meet the requisite product conformance, network interoperability, and essential performance specifications dictated by international standards bodies. A critical partnership between CDMA operators and vendors, CCF is a global non-profit organization with members companies from Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and North America. For more information about the CCF, visit the CCF Web site at globalccf.org or contact
Sandrine Melfort via e-mail at .
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.