CDG will support both WiMAX and LTE

The head of the CDMA Development Group (CDG) said that the group will support its members regardless of whether they choose WiMAX or Long Term Evolution (LTE) as their 4G standard.

Perry LaForge, chairman and executive director of the CDG, said the group has to respond to the wishes of its members, who use the 3GPP2 standards (CDMA 1X and EV-DO), when it comes to how standards will evolve for 4G.

"The CDG role is based on what our members have asked us to do," LaForge said. "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]."

Sprint has cast its lot with WiMAX, and Verizon has indicated it will follow GSM leader AT&T Mobility to LTE.

LaForge said the CDG is working to foster cooperation between the competing standards. "We want to support operators whether they choose LTE or WiMAX," he said.

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