September 01, 1999 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG And Sprint Sign Agreement To Trial Third Generation Wireless Telecommunication Technology

(DALLAS, Aug. 30, 1999) - Samsung Telecommunications America (STA) and Sprint PCS today announced they have signed an agreement to begin trials using Samsung's 3rd Generation (3G) Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology. Scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2000, this will be Sprint PCS' first trial of 3G technology. The trial, which will showcase future data applications, will take place at the Sprint PCS Technology Integration Center (STIC), located in Lenexa, Kan.

The technology trial is designed to test and confirm 3G's capability of providing advanced data-based features and services, and to determine what kinds of services 3G technology is best able to provide. The multiphase trial is planned to evaluate how the new technology can provide increased network capacity and high-speed data capability.

This trial is the first of several planned trials that Sprint PCS will be conducting with its vendor partners.

"We are pleased that Samsung can meet our aggressive goals for testing 3G technology," said Oliver Valente, vice president of Technology and Advanced Systems Development at Sprint PCS. "The company's ability to provide us with such highly advanced technology so quickly is further proof of Samsung's leadership and innovation in the telecommunications industry."
The agreement calls for Samsung to supply a 3G trial system. The system will have three fully integrated asynchronous transfer mode- (ATM) ready Base Transceiver Stations, a Base Station Controller, and a Mobile Switching Center that are based on next-generation wireless infrastructure technology. By using ATM-based technology within the wireless environment, carriers will be able to use their networks more efficiently by mixing voice and circuit switch data with packet switched data. The result is increased capacity and faster transmission speeds.

"As the demand for wireless data increases, so will the demand on a carrier's systems," said John Csapo, vice president for Samsung's Wireless Systems Laboratory. "We believe this trial will illustrate a logical migration from 2G to the advanced capabilities of 3G. We are pleased to be Sprint PCS' partner in this important evaluation process, and we believe that this trial will prove the reliability and capabilities of our products."

Samsung's V.4 technology accommodates already deployed 2G CDMA, or cdmaOneTM technology that supports handsets already in use as well as 3G CDMA technology for future generations of handsets. This trial also will prove the interoperability of Samsung's technology by using handsets from various manufacturers.
About Sprint PCS
Sprint PCS operates the largest 100 percent digital, 100 percent PCS nationwide wireless network in the United States, already serving the majority of the nation's metropolitan areas including more than 4,000 cities and communities across the country. Sprint PCS has licensed PCS coverage of nearly 270 million people in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information, visit the Sprint PCS website at Sprint PCS is a wholly-owned tracking group of Sprint Corporation trading on the NYSE under the symbol "PCS."

Sprint is a global communications company at the forefront in integrating long distance, local and wireless communications services and one of the world's largest carriers of Internet traffic. Sprint built and operates the United States' only nationwide all-digital, fiber optic network and is a leader in advanced data communications services. Sprint has $17 billion in annual revenues and serves more than 20 million business and resident customers.

About Samsung
Samsung Telecommunications America, Inc., a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd., researches, develops, and markets hardware for telecommunications and data communications systems and products throughout North America. STA has five main business groups: Wireless Terminals, Wireless Systems, Networks, Business Communications, and Office Automation. For more information, see STA's website at

Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd., a $16.6 billion flagship company of the Korean-based Samsung Group, is a world leader in electronics, with operations in more than 46 countries.

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