Sprint PCS and Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM) partnered today in a joint announcement to provide 100 percent digital, 100 percent PCS wireless phone service as part of an ongoing disaster relief program for the state of Texas. Qualcomm has donated 125 Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital phones to be used in conjunction with Sprint PCS' donation of its CDMA digital service. Sprint PCS will immediately activate these digital phones in response to the recent disaster in Jarrell, Texas.
"Qualcomm is pleased to partner with Sprint PCS to provide telecom service for the unfortunate victims of this disaster and those who are on the scene assisting them. With our fixed wireless CDMA phones, residents will have the same level of service that was available before the disaster and relief officials have the flexibility to direct them to where they are needed most. We are proud to be a part of the relief program for the state of Texas," said Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer for Qualcomm.
"We are fortunate that our network survived the storm and are pleased to make the service available to victims of this disaster," said John Garcia, Sprint PCS Southwest Region President. "The phones provided by Qualcomm, together with the airtime service offered by Sprint PCS, will allow us to immediately come to the aid of victims of disasters wherever we have service in Texas."
The CDMA digital phones donated by Qualcomm include 100 of QCT-1200 fixed wireless phones and 25 of QCP-1900 PCS handsets. The phones were donated to Sprint PCS in an effort to make them available during times of disaster throughout Texas in order to establish basic telephone service that is knocked out of commission. Qualcomm's fixed wireless local loop service is a flexible and reliable service that utilizes CDMA wireless technology to establish phone service quickly and easily, especially in areas where wireline infrastructure is unavailable or disabled by disaster.
The fixed and mobile CDMA phones will be made available to residents who have lost their homes and do not have access to basic telephone service and local officials, such as police and the Red Cross, who also need reliable, on-site communications. Sprint PCS service, including handsets and unlimited airtime, has been provided to both the Red Cross Command Center and the Williamson County Sheriff Department Command center for relief efforts in the community.
Sprint PCS' network and Qualcomm's CDMA digital fixed wireless phones deliver the exceptional voice quality that people have come to expect from the fixed phones they depend on for their daily communications. Qualcomm's fixed wireless local loop equipment is already in service in India, Russia and other international markets. Additionally, the 1900 MHz QCT-1200 can easily be deployed for temporary communications during emergencies.
The Sprint PCS system will be the most extensive in the U.S. When the first phase of launch is complete, the Sprint PCS network will encompass 65 cities coast-to-coast, including 35 of the top 50 U.S. metropolitan areas. In phase two, Sprint PCS, together with its affiliates, will expand its existing service coverage to provide services under licenses recently acquired by Sprint Corporation in spectrum auctions conducted by the FCC. These new licenses, when combined with Sprint PCS' and its affiliates' licenses, will give Sprint PCS unprecedented licensed coverage of nearly 260 million people in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Sprint PCS is a partnership of Sprint Corporation, Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI), Cox Communications, Inc. and Comcast Corporation. For more information, visit the Sprint PCS web site at http://www.sprintpcs.com.
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, continued growth in the CDMA subscriber population and the scale up and operations of CDMA systems, the Company's ability to successfully manufacture significant quantities of CDMA or other equipment on a timely and profitable basis, 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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