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CTIA VOTE ON DIGITAL CELLULAR TELEPHONE STANDARD PRAISED BY HUGHES NETWORK SYSTEMS

 CTIA VOTE ON DIGITAL CELLULAR TELEPHONE STANDARD PRAISED
 BY HUGHES NETWORK SYSTEMS
 WASHINGTON, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the leading developers of America's new digital cellular telephones today endorsed the decision by the board of directors of CTIA to ask the Telecommunications Industry Association to write a new technical standard for a promising digital technique while continuing the development and implementation of a digital system that will be available much sooner. Hughes Network Systems Executive Vice President Pradeep Kaul said the board's decision "guarantees the best digital system for America by opening the standards-writing process to all proponents."
 Most important, according to Kaul, is the decision by the board to launch an effort to determine what standards, unrelated to CDMA or TDMA, will be needed to support future advanced cellular applications such as PCS (Personal Communications Services).
 The CTIA board voted that the standards-writing request to TIA not interfere with the current work on enhancements to the previously approved TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) standard. Kaul said Hughes Network Systems will move ahead aggressively with the implementation of the TDMA standard and its enhanced version, E-TDMA, as stipulated by the CTIA board. Kaul said, "The standards-writing process now begins, and it will be several years before a CDMA standard is ready to be tested and implemented. We believe cellular customers want true digital now, and TDMA is ready to provide it."
 Kaul said the TDMA standard is ready to begin its first implementations in North American cities, and that announcements about these installations will be made soon.
 Digital cellular telephone systems, such as the TDMA-based system now being produced by Hughes and other manufacturers, provide users with excellent sound quality and a smooth transition from one cellular area to another. In addition, TDMA digital systems allow more users to occupy single cellular areas than is possible with analog cellular technology. Enhanced TDMA, to begin field testing soon, will be able to add even more users to the same service area.
 Kaul said Hughes Network Systems will continue its active role in the standards-development process. "The CTIA board has made it abundantly clear that the best technology for America is one that is developed using the full intellectual abilities of all developers, rather than a single proponent company. We agree that the coming generations of cellular systems will need to serve more users in better ways than ever before, and those products can only be created using the experience and open standards-writing process CTIA has set."
 Hughes Network Systems, Inc. is a world leader in advanced digital telecommunications. Provider of the M6100 analog/digital dual mode cellular phone and the GMH 2000 digital cellular switch, HNS also operates GM Net, a proprietary cellular telephone network now operational in several major U.S. cities. Headquartered near Washington, HNS is a subsidiary of Hughes Aircraft Co., a unit of GM Hughes Electronics.
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