Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced the commercial launch of the first Code Division Multiple Access(CDMA) wireless local loop (WLL) system in Russia. The advanced telecommunications network consists of Qualcomm's cdmaOne® (IS-95 CDMA) infrastructure and subscriber equipment, which was certified for commercial use in Russia on July 17, 1997. The regional operator, Sviazinform of Chelyabinsk, and South Urals Cellular Telephone Company are now providing wireless telephone service to residents and businesses in the city.
The launch of the commercial system represents a new era of telephony in Russia, allowing users to benefit from the many advantages of digital wireless technology. CDMA offers subscribers the flexibility to easily relocate telephones, protection from traditional disruptions in wireline networks, immediate installation of telephones and increased privacy and security.
"We congratulate Sviazinform of Chelyabinsk and South Urals Cellular Telephone Company on the successful launch of their CDMA network and for leading the way in satisfying demand for telephone service in Russia with the most advanced technology available," said John Major, president of Qualcomm's Wireless Infrastructure Division. "This represents a major step forward in Russian telecommunications, and we are confident that subscribers on this system will be pleased with the voice quality and reliability of the system."
"Telecommunications are developing very rapidly in the Chelyabinsk region. We are pleased that Chelyabinsk is the first city in Russia to offer CDMA to residents," said Anatoly Ufimkin, head of Sviazinform of Chelyabinsk. "CDMA technology is a very important part of our telephony services mix, especially for those districts of Chelyabinsk where expanding wireline telephony presents a serious problem."
The wireless local loop system utilizes Qualcomm's QCore 22X Integrated Base Station Controller and QCell 2508i Base Station Transceiver Subsystems, as well as QCT-1000 wireless telephones. Qualcomm is a leading supplier of wireless local loop networks and has also announced CDMA WLL contracts with operators in Rostov-on-Don and Moscow. Operators in Russia, like many operators around the world, have recognized the advantages of CDMA technology and are determined to provide the best possible telephone service to Russians by implementing this state-of-the-art technology. With over four million subscribers on CDMA networks worldwide today, Russia joins the ranks of nations leading the telecommunications evolution with the acceptance and deployment 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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