Perry LaForge, chairman and executive director of the CDG, outlines how LTE fits in with the CDMA roadmap.
The 4G strategy of the CDMA Development Group (CDG) is one of cooperation with other industry organisations. It's a dramatic turnaround for the CDG, whose conflicts with lobby groups for competing 2G and 3G mobile technologies were commonplace.
Perry LaForge, chairman and executive director of the CDG, has had to move with the times-or, to be more precise, with the wishes of the CDG's carrier membership. CDG members, which comprise mobile operators using so-called '3GPP2' networks (CDMA 1x and EV-DO), have opted either for LTE or WiMAX as their preferred path towards 4G. There is no meaningful support for UMB (Ultra Mobile Broadband), the 3GPP2 'evolution' path set out by the CDG and the 3GPP2 standards body last year. "The CDG role is based on what our members have asked us to do," says LaForge. "That is to continue helping them grow and build out their 3G systems, as well as to help them on interworking [with LTE and WiMAX networks]."