Press Release

Qualcomm CDMA Equipment Certified for Commercial Use in Russia

Qualcomm Incorporated (QCOM: NASDAQ) today announced that it has been certified to commercially deploy Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) equipment in Russia. The State Committee for Telecommunication and Informatization of the Russian Federation presented the certificate to Qualcomm after extensive testing was performed on Qualcomm's CDMA wireless local loop (WLL) network in Chelyabinsk.

The certificate specifies that Qualcomm's cdmaOne (IS-95) network equipment and subscriber units meet all required quality, functionality and interoperability requirements for commercial operation. Specifically, Qualcomm's Intelligent Base Station Controllers (IBSC), Base station Transceiver Subsystems (BTS), QCP-800 portable phones and QCT-1000 fixed wireless telephones can be used in commercial WLL applications throughout Russia. The certificate is valid for three years and is renewable after that pending an annual inspection of the certified equipment by the State Committee for Telecommunication and Informatization.

"Qualcomm is proud to be the first vendor to achieve Russian certification for commercial deployment of IS-95 CDMA systems. This is a milestone for both Qualcomm and the Russian Federation in bringing advanced communication to the region," said Dr. Ronald Uhlig, Qualcomm's regional vice president for the CIS and Baltic countries.

Uhlig extended special thanks to the Central Science Research Institute (ZNIIS) which worked hard in carrying out the certification testing and to Sviazinform, Chelyabinsk Region, which provided people, facilities, and access to the public network throughout the testing period.

"The certification clears the way for us to move forward immediately with commercial deployment of CDMA systems in the Moscow Region, Rostov and Chelyabinsk, where Qualcomm has already won contracts to deploy CDMA WLL systems," Uhlig said.

Qualcomm, the developer of CDMA, supplies wireless local loop systems which can be rapidly deployed and easily expanded, even in diverse terrain and weather conditions. Users benefit from voice quality similar to that of wireline and increased security and privacy. Operators who deploy CDMA systems benefit from reliable networks, decreased maintenance and operational costs, and high capacity systems that can keep up with growing subscriber demand.

"Extensive research into spread spectrum technology was carried out on parallel but separate paths in both Russia and the United States in past years," said Prof. Leonid Varakin, General Director of the Central Science Research Institute (ZNIIS). "As one of those involved with the research in Russia, I am very pleased that ZNIIS was able to conduct the successful testing which led to the granting of the first CDMA certificate in the Russian Federation."

"I'm very pleased that our company is the first Russian CDMA operator," said Alexander Blinov, director, South Ural Cellular Telephone. "And that, in the near future, we will be able to provide quality CDMA-based public telecommunication services to residents of Chelyabinsk—a technology,whichis new to Russia. We are confident that our experience with this system deployment will be useful to operators in other cities and regions."

Qualcomm recently opened a new office in Moscow to provide increased local support to its customers in the region, and is to working throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Baltic Countries to provide high quality CDMA wireless telephone service based on their advanced CDMA infrastructure and subscriber equipment.

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, 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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