Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) has signed a contract with Bell Mobility (BCE Mobile - NYSE/TSE/MSE:BCX) of Montreal, to provide its QEDesign™ CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access)network planning software.
Bell Mobility will use QEDesign software to develop its CDMA network whichwill provide its customers with the next generation of personalcommunications services (PCS). Bell Mobility, one of Canada's largest providers of wireless telecommunications services, has been testing QEDesign software over the past year and awarded Qualcomm the contract because of its progressive features and ease of use.
"We examined all the CDMA planning tools on the market and chose Qualcomm's QEDesign software because it best suited our needs from both a design and post-installation point of view," said Paulo Francisco, manager of CDMA development for Bell Mobility. "QEDesign allows our network planners to quickly get the information they need to accurately plan a complete CDMA network."
Qualcomm developed the UNIX-based software over two years by incorporating the results of numerous CDMA pilot system deployments it has performed since 1990. Introduced last year, QEDesign network planning software features a combination of high-speed graphics and flexible system editing, as well as Qualcomm's QCPlan€ CDMA analysis module. The QEDesign software also has a novel feature which enables network planners to make use of satellite imagery, as well as traditional terrain and land use data.
"Qualcomm is pleased to add Bell Mobility to our growing list of QEDesign network planning customers," said Mark Kelley, director of network planning for Qualcomm. "QEDesign offers a cost-effective and complete solution to the challenges of planning a digital network. We look forward to working closely with Bell Mobility to assist them in planning and optimizing their state-of-the-art CDMA network."
QEDesign software is available now for UNIX workstations from Sun, Silicon Graphics and Hewlett-Packard. Annual software lease fees are priced competitively and are negotiated based on options, quantities, length of contract, etc. Qualcomm can also design networks to meet exact customer requirements using customized terrain, clutter and demographic databases.
The Bell Mobility family of companies provides a complete range of wireless communications solutions - cellular, 1- and 2-way paging, data, satellite and airline passenger communications services - to more than 1 million Canadian customers. Bell Mobility companies are subsidiaries of BCE Mobile Communications Inc., a publicly-traded company (stock symbol BCX) which is 65 per cent owned by BCE Inc. Bell Mobility was licensed in December 1995 to provide personal communications services in the 2 GHz frequency.
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.
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