3Com Corporation (NASDAQ:COMS), Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), and Unwired Planet, Inc. (UP), today announced a strategic initiative to bring quick net connect technology to CDMA networks. Quick net connect is a technology enhancement that extends the capabilities of the standard IS-99 CDMA circuit switched data protocol, and allows fully digital Internet connections to be established in a range of three to six seconds. This fast connection time means that users of Qualcomm CDMA digital phones and Unwired Planet's UP.Browser™ will be able to access Internet- or intranet-based information with connection speeds comparable to those of cdmaOne® packetdata. Quick net connect based services are expected to be available from leading CDMA carriers in advance of packet data-based services.
Quick net connect is the result of efforts by 3Com, a leading manufacturer of networking solutions, including Inter Working Function (IWF) gateways for wireless infrastructure, and Qualcomm, the pioneers of cdmaOne technology and one of the world's largest manufacturers of CDMA digital phones, as well as other leading CDMA infrastructure manufacturers including Nortel (Northern Telecom).
Quick net connect technology provides an end-to-end solution through Unwired Planet's UP.Browser, Qualcomm's CDMA phones, 3Com's TotalControl™ remote access concentration and infrastructure suppliers such as Nortel and Qualcomm. Networks equipped with quick net connect technology will support Internet and intranet access via CDMA phones and mobile computers.
"Users of Unwired Planet's UP.Browser on Qualcomm phones will be among the first beneficiaries of the faster, Internet-based quick net connect technology," said Ross Manire, senior vice president, Carrier Systems at 3Com. "The results of this industry collaboration will mark the next generation in wireless information access."
"Earlier this year we led the industry with the announcement of our revolutionary Q phone," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, president of Qualcomm's Subscriber Products Division. "In developing quick net connect Internet access technology, together with, 3Com and Unwired Planet, we once again bring technology and products to the CDMA marketplace in a time frame that others believed impossible."
"CDMA quick net connect is an ideal platform for providing live Internet and intranet access to users of cdmaOne phones," said Alain Rossmann, chairman and chief executive officer of Unwired Planet. "The groundbreaking 3-6 second connect times, combined with our UP.Browser technology will enable consumers to have interactive, cost-effective access to Email, information services, and corporate applications."
How It Works
Internet dial-up connections normally utilize analog modem protocols, such as V.34, to establish modem-to-modem connections. These protocols use analog technology to communicate, even when the underlying transport mechanism is a fully digital cellular network. This results in slower connection times as a result of modem training (the familiar tones which occur when a modem connects), negatively impacting user applications that only require short, bursty connections. The quick net connect technology leverages the IS-99 circuit-switched standard to provide fully digital connections through the cdmaOne network, resulting in connection times of three to six seconds.
About the Companies
3Com Corporation enables individuals and organizations worldwide to communicate and share information and resources at anytime from anywhere. As one of the world's preeminent suppliers of data, voice and video communications technology, 3Com has delivered networking solutions to more than 100 million customers worldwide. With global reach and local touch, the company gives enterprises, network service providers and carriers, small businesses and consumers comprehensive, innovative information access products and system solutions for building intelligent, reliable and high performance local and wide area networks. 3Com has worldwide revenues of more than $5.6 billion and employs approximately 13,000 people in 45 countries. For further information, visit 3Com's World Wide Web Site at http://www.3Com.com.
Headquartered in San Diego, Qualcomm develops, manufactures, markets, licenses and operates advanced communications systems and products based on its proprietary digital wireless technologies. Qualcomm'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 Qualcomm 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 Qualcomm's Web site at http://www.qualcomm.com.
Unwired Planet (UP) is a leading provider of open scalable software platforms for secure wireless Internet and intranet access to Web-based information services and applications, from mass-market handheld devices, such as mobile phones and PDAs. UP's network- and device-independent solution is designed to serve a global community and has been adopted by major wireless telecommunications leaders worldwide. UP technology is advancing the development of an increasing number of innovative, interactive information services and applications for mass-market handheld devices.
The company, headquartered in Redwood Shores, CA, is privately held. For more information, visit Unwired Planet's Web site at http://www.uplanet.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, Qualcomm'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 Qualcomm serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in Qualcomm'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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