Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) wireless local loop (WLL) system has been approved by the Indian Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for commercial operation. Mahangar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL) has commenced offering commerical service to New Dehli residents using Qualcomm's state-of-the art CDMA WLL equipment.
"We are proud to supply the DoT and MTNL with both CDMA digital phones and infrastructure equipment that are now delivering advanced services to their customers in New Delhi," said John Major, president of Qualcomm's Wireless Infrastructure Products Division. "We will continue to work hand-in-hand with MTNL and DoT to ensure the continued success of this service."
MTNL officially launched service on May 17, World Telecommunications Day, offering New Delhi residents fast and reliable telephone service with wireline voice quality and features. MTNL's CDMA wireless local loop system utilizes Qualcomm infrastructure and subscriber units, and will provide fixed residential and portable telephone service to subscribers in New Delhi.
This new era of telephony allows users to benefit from the many advantages of digital wireless technology, including the flexibility to easily relocate telephones, protection from traditional disruptions in wireline networks, immediate installation of telephones, and increased privacy and security.
"We are pleased that the DoT and MTNL have launched the first CDMA digital system in India, introducing state-of-the-art technology to this dynamic marketplace and allowing Indian consumers to benefit from CDMA's many advantages," said Marshall Towe, regional vice president for operations in Asia for Qualcomm's Wireless Infrastructure Products Division. "With Qualcomm's network equipment, fixed telephones and portable handsets, MTNL's customers will experience improved levels of service, including exceptional voice quality and greater call security. MTNL and other Indian operators who introduce CDMA service to India will benefit from reliable systems, decreased maintenance and operational costs, and high capacity systems that can keep up with subscriber demand."
After discussions with other leading manufacturers of IS-95 CDMA network equipment, the DoT placed an order with Qualcomm for a 1,000 subscriber capacity wireless local loop system to be trialed in New Delhi, with the stipulation that the DoT would consider placement of orders for two more cities after the system proves successful.
The trial was to be supervised by the DoT until the system was found to be suitable for commercial service, at which time operator MTNL would takeover operation of the network. This phase of the trial has now been completed, with MTNL in control of the system and the DoT conducting an ongoing analysis of several competing wireless local loop technologies. The official validation certificate from the DoT will be issued when additional non-critical features are added to the system and successfully tested.
The DoT's approval of Qualcomm's wireless local loop system and the deployment in New Delhi has validated the IS-95 standard's commercial viability in the Indian market, and the deployment of CDMA networks in 20 other countries worldwide demonstrates that this digital technology is a leading choice for wireless operators.
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, 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 24, 1996 and most recent Form 10-Qs.
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