Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced it had reached a major milestone with the shipment of over one thousand QCell™ Base station Transceiver Subsystems (BTSs) to Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators in Asia, Eastern Europe, North America and Latin America. The most recent shipments are destined for Chile, where Qualcomm is deploying a nationwide cdmaOne® (IS-95 CDMA) network for ChileSat PCS, the first CDMA operator deploying a Personal Communications Services (PCS) network in Latin America.
Qualcomm's high-performance base stations can be used in PCS, cellular, fixed wireless, and hybrid applications in the 800 MHz and 1900 MHz bands, and the Company's line of BTS products has recently been branded "QCell." The QCell 2519e BTS, which is being deployed in Chile, is an environmental unit specifically designed for PCS deployments. Other models include the QCell 3508i, an indoor BTS designed for high-capacity cellular system with dual-carrier support and high reliability, and the QCell 3519i for high-capacity PCS deployments.
The Integrated Base Station Controller (IBSC) from Qualcomm, a highly efficient, computer-based BSC-MSC, also being deployed in Chile, is part of Qualcomm's BSC product line that has been named "QCore™." The QCore 22X IBSC is a flexible, adaptable controller with integrated MSC functionality. Qualcomm also announced the development and implementation of the IS-634 interface standard with leading switch manufacturers, which will be developed on the QCore 22 BSC.
Other Qualcomm infrastructure products include the QCTest™ line of CDMA network test products, the QCPlus™ family of CDMA support products, and the QSolve™ portfolio of third party network management and enhanced services platforms, which enrich the functionality and profitability of operators' networks.
"Qualcomm is proud to be installing our QCell and QCore products in Chile, the first cdmaOne PCS network outside of the United States, with commercial service scheduled for the end of 1997," said John Major, president of the Infrastructure Products Division. "The rapid deployment of a nationwide network in Chile, a country 2700 miles in length with diverse and challenging environments, will be another milestone for Qualcomm and the worldwide advancement of CDMA."
In less than two years since its first commercial deployment, CDMA now serves over four million commercial subscribers on over 130 networks worldwide. With more infrastructure and handset manufacturers supplying CDMA equipment than any other digital wireless technology, and with overwhelming support for CDMA as the standard for third generation wireless, CDMA has gained worldwide acceptance by offering capacity, coverage and voice quality advantages over other wireless technologies. As the primary developer of CDMA technology and a leading manufacturer of CDMA products and services, Qualcomm continues to drive the design, direction, standardization, research, and development of CDMA.
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 and commercial implementation of the Company's technology, 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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