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NEC and Qualcomm to Deploy Their IS-634 CDMA Solution in Bahia, Brazil

– October 09, 1997 – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced a pioneering project with NEC DO BRASIL S.A. and Telebahia to deploy a Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) 800 MHz overlay in the region of Bahia utilizing the newly developed IS-634 solution. Qualcomm and NEC recently announced their agreement to jointly develop and deploy an IS-634 solution for mobile cdmaOne systems. Telebahia is the regional 800 MHz A-band cellular operator in Bahia, and will be the first operator in the world to implement Qualcomm and NEC's IS-634 system architecture. Telebahia will perform validation tests of the IS-634 architecture on the system, which will provide coverage to businesses and residents in the Salvador metropolitan area and the wider Bahia region.

"Telebahia will deploy the first multi-vendor IS-634 CDMA system in the world utilizing Qualcomm and NEC's newly developed IS-634 system architecture," said Carlos Duprat, director of engineering at Qualcomm do Brasil. "We are pleased with the progress that NEC and Qualcomm have made towards the development of this product, and we look forward to demonstrating the full potential of this solution to Telebahia."

"The implementation of the IS-634 open interface offers operators a multi-vendor solution that provides flexibility in designing and deploying CDMA networks," said William Nolasco Barreto, director of the Wireless Business Unit of NEC DO BRASIL S.A. "The project in Bahia provides us with an excellent opportunity to showcase our IS-634 solution to Telebahia and other Brazilian operators."

The IS-634 interface will operate between Qualcomm's QCore™ 22, CDMA BaseStation Controller (BSC) and the NEC NEAX 61 (SIGMA) Mobile Switching Center.

NEC DO BRASIL S.A., a $1 billion company headquartered in Sao Paulo, develops, manufactures, markets and integrates a range of telecommunication products to its customers, including full turnkey deployments. It is thelargest supplier of these systems in Brazil, including cellular networks. NEC DO BRASIL's web site is located at http://www.nec.com.br.

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.

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 technology, 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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