Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM) today announced that it has begun production of the QCT-1000, the world's first wireless local loop phone based on the Company's Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology. The QCT-1000 was designed for worldwide use in fixed wireless applications and is based on the U.S. Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) standard IS-95A. The QCT-1000 is manufactured at Qualcomm's San Diego manufacturing facility.
The QCT-1000 represents the first in a family of products designed and manufactured by Qualcomm to support the global trend toward provisioning basic telephone service through wireless access. A CDMA wireless local loop is used in place of traditional copper lines to connect telephones with a central switching office. Hence, Qualcomm's CDMA technology and wireless local loop systems provide an alternative to the costly installation of wired telephone lines. Qualcomm's wireless local loop systems provide basic telephone service to large geographical areas faster and at a lower cost per subscriber.
The QCT-1000 provides high call quality, background noise reduction and enhanced privacy. The phone operates at 800 MHz U.S. cellular frequencies and incorporates Qualcomm's 8 Kbps and 13 Kbps PureVoice® vocoders on the same platform. In addition, the QCT-1000 was built to be reliable and durable under a broad range of environmental conditions.
"Today, we have achieved an important milestone toward Qualcomm's objective to provide CDMA products to businesses and individuals worldwide," said Dr.Paul Jacobs, vice president and general manager of Subscriber Products for Qualcomm. "Wireless local loop applications offer developing countries the opportunity to jump-start their economies by enabling people everywhere to communicate. CDMA, with its increased coverage and capacity, makes wireless local loop economical and rapidly available."
An initial quantity of 500 QCT-1000 phones has been shipped to India to fulfill an order from the Indian Department of Telecommunications (DOT). In 1995, the DOT purchased a complete wireless local loop system from Qualcomm after a successful three-month trial. The DOT will install Qualcomm's wireless local loop infrastructure equipment and handsets in New Delhi as part of its CDMA certification process. The system will initially serve 1,000 subscribers.
"In India and other developing countries, we're focusing our efforts on manufacturing and deploying CDMA wireless local loop systems for urban and residential use in densely populated areas," said Chris Simpson, senior vice president of International Marketing, Qualcomm Incorporated. "We are currently discussing manufacturing and support plans with various qualified parties in India to support this and future CDMA wireless local loop deployments."
The QCT-1000 is designed to look and work like a landline telephone, but connects to the public telephone network through a wireless link. The core of the QCT-1000 is a Qualcomm-developed CDMA transceiver module, which can also be utilized as a component in other wireless local loop devices, such as payphones or public call offices (PCOs). The phone can be used with either a small indoor antenna or an outdoor panel antenna, depending on the coverage at the subscriber's location.
- Ease of Use - The QCT-1000 has a large keypad featuring easy-to-read icons and features a one-touch last number redial with an international symbolcode.
- Voice and Data - The QCT-1000 provides wireless access to both voice and data services. It can optionally be equipped with a serial port for direct connection to a personal computer in place of a standard wireline data/fax modem.
- Battery Backup - The QCT-1000 can operate off of a variety of international voltages and can be equipped with an optional battery backup, offering uninterrupted talk and standby operation during power outages. Optional solar cell power supplies can also be provided, depending upon the location of the telephone.
CDMA is recommended as an approved digital wireless standard by theInternational Telecommunications Union (ITU).
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, VLSI components, and communications equipment and systems for government and commercial customers worldwide.
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