Press Release

BC TEL Mobility Selects Qualcomm's QEDesign Network Planning Software for Its Cellular Network


Qualcomm products mentioned within this press release are offered by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM) has signed a contract with BC TEL Mobility (BCTelecom - TSE:BCT) of Vancouver to provide its QEDesign Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) network planning software.

"Qualcomm is pleased to add BC TEL Mobility to our growing list of QEDesign network planning customers," said Mark Kelley, director of Qualcomm's Network Planning. "QEDesign offers a cost-effective and complete solution to the challenges of planning a digital network. We look forward to continuing our ongoing working relationship with BC TEL Mobility to assist them in planning and optimizing their state-of-the-art CDMA network."

BC TEL Mobility used QEDesign software to develop its CDMA network which will provide its customers with the next generation of digital cellular services. BC TEL 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 chose Qualcomm's QEDesign software because it best suits our needs from both a design and post-installation point of view," said Ferdi Schell, Vice President of Operations and Engineering for BC TEL Mobility. "We have been using QEDesign in the deployment of our CDMA network. QEDesign allows our network planners to accurately design and plan a complete CDMA network."

Qualcomm developed the UNIX-based software in two years after incorporating the results of numerous CDMA pilot system deployments tested 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.

QEDesign software is available now for UNIX workstations from Sun Microsystems, Silicon Graphics and Hewlett-Packard. Annual software lease fees, or outright purchase fees are priced competitively and are negotiated based on options, quantities, length of contract, among other conditions. Qualcomm can also design networks to meet exact customer requirements using customized terrain, clutter and demographic databases.

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

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 ending September 28, 1996 and most recent Form 10-Qs.

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