INTERNATIONAL 450 ASSOCIATION and CITEL Sign Cooperation Agreement

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IA450 and CITEL to further the harmonious development of telecommunications in the Americas.

International 450 Association (IA450), a non profit international organization for the promotion of CDMA2000 utilization in the 450 MHz Band, and the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) of the Organization of American States, an organization working for the continuous development of telecommunications in the Western Hemisphere, announced a Cooperative Agreement to further the harmonious development of telecommunications in the Americas.

The collaborative relationship between IA450 and CITEL will focus on cooperation areas of common interests within the scope of both organizations' objectives such as wireless technologies, services and applications, spectrum policies and planning, regulation, use of wireless technologies to support social and economic development, rural Internet services, fixed wireless access services, and universal services especially in developing countries.

CITEL Executive Secretary, Clovis Baptista stated, CITEL will work with IA450 by exchanging information and making the best use of available resources for various important projects and activities."

Vadim Belyavskiy, IA450 Chairman, commented, "It is an important step in addressing the needs of the countries in the Americas for affordable and advanced telecommunication services. It opens the opportunity for CDMA450 community to facilitate the adoption of the technology in the region for mobile and fixed wireless applications. Collaboration of CITEL and IA450 will result in a great benefit for the countries in the Americas in its plans to provide universal services and Internet to the rural schools, among other services contributing to social and economic development of the region.”

About CITEL

The Inter-American Telecommunication Commission endeavors to make telecommunications a catalyst for the dynamic development of the Americas by working with governments and the private sector. Under the auspices of the Organization of American States, it resides in Washington, DC, USA. It has 35 Member States and over 100 Associate Members. It has been entrusted by the Heads of State at the Summits of the Americas with specific mandates to intensify its activities in key areas. For more information, visit the CITEL website at http://www.citel.oas.org

About IA450

The International 450 Association (IA450) was formed 5 years ago to promote the use of the analog and digital technologies in the 400 to 500 MHz Band. Currently the IA450 has 35 Members including operators and Industrial Members. The IA 450 promotes the use of CDMA2000® in the 450MHz band, and supports industry standards to advance the deployment of the technology. The IA 450 provides guidance and leadership to operators interested in deploying this technology through the extension of the results and benefits of actual member experiences and real life results and successes, to all global players. More information about the IA 450 can be found on the IA 450 web site at http://www.450world.org

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