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Qualcomm Announces Formation of a CDMA Network Planning and DeploymentDistribution Network

– September 12, 1997 – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced agreements with several leading companies, under which Qualcomm licensed its products and services for wireless network design, implementation, validation and management. The companies are leaders in a number of technology areas including digital wireless technologies, satellite imagery, network planning and deployment, network analysis and optimization, and macrocell and minicell propagation modeling. Pursuant to the agreements, these companies will provide Geographical Information Services (GIS) data for QEDesign and distribute Qualcomm's Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) network planning and deployment tools on a worldwide basis. This will facilitate the CDMA network planning community's ability to meet customers' needs for end-to-end capabilities and services in a variety of markets, and ensure that the customer view of products and services is uniform, integrated and interoperable.

The distribution agreements expand Qualcomm's reseller program for QEDesign and its network planning and deployment software solution, and also introduce the availability of complete GIS for QEDesign. The agreements also provide complete GIS data acquisition and conversion services for users of the Qualcomm QEDesign network planning and deployment software. Combining the technology leadership of Qualcomm and the experience and local presence of partners around the world will help ensure that QEDesign customers receive an optimal and complete solution for their network planning and deployment needs.

Companies providing technology components and GIS data and reselling QEDesign include: Detecon GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, Bonn, Germany; Horizons Technology, Inc., San Diego, Calif.; Multiple Access Communications Ltd., Southhampton, United Kingdom; SPOT Image, Reston, Va.; Telemate S.A., a subsidiary of France Telecom, Vincennes, France; Vidar-SMS, a subsidiary of Sun Moon Star, Taipei, Taiwan; Virtual Transitions, the U.S. agent for Johokobo Inc., Tokyo, Japan; and Wireless Facilities, Inc., San Diego, Calif.

The Qualcomm GIS group has extensive knowledge in the field of geographic sciences and has acquired broad experience in providing GIS data for telecommunications projects. In cooperation with the partners specializing in GIS data and services, such as SPOT Inc. and Horizons Technology Inc., GIS provides a range of data types required for complete and accurate network planning: digital elevation models (DEMs), landuse/landcover information, satellite imagery, maps of roads and political boundaries, and scanned color TIFF maps.

The GIS Group offers four standard data packages for various GIS data needs in the telecommunications industry, ranging from the Platinum Package, designed for final network system designs and deployments with high resolution GIS data, to the Gold, Silver and Bronze packages, which meet a wide range of requirements from initial marketing proposals and market studies to actual network designs for proposals. The GIS group has an extensive off-the-shelf collection of digital GIS data in stock for many regions of the world, and also provides custom vector data, paper maps, digitized maps, custom data ordering and data consulting services.

Headquartered in San Diego, Qualcomm develops, manufactures, markets, licenses and operates advanced communications systems and products based on its proprietary digital wireless technologies. The Company's primary product areas are the OmniTRACS® system (a geostationary satellite-based, mobile communications system providing two-way data and position reporting services), CDMA wireless communications systems and products and, in conjunction with others, the development of the Globalstar™ low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communications system. Other Company products include the Eudora Pro™ electronic mail software, ASIC products, and communications equipment and systems for government and commercial customers worldwide. For more information on Qualcomm products and technologies, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.qualcomm.com.

For more information about the information contained in this press release, please telephone 800-251-6693 in the U.S. or 1-619-658-1848 outside of the U.S., or send e-mail to qed-support@qualcomm.com.

Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including timely product development and commercial implementation of the Company's CDMA technology, continued growth in the CDMA subscriber population and the scale up and operations of CDMA systems, timing and receipt of license fees and royalties, the Company's ability to successfully manufacture significant quantities of CDMA or other equipment on a timely and profitable basis and those related to performance guarantees, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 29, 1996 and most recent Form 10-Qs.

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