Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced the commercial launch of a Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) wireless local loop network in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. The network, operated by Electrosviaz of Rostov Region, will initially serve 2,000 users and will be expanded to serve 20,000 residents and businesses in the Rostov region under the terms of the multi-year contract with Qualcomm. This launch follows other commercial launches of Qualcomm cdmaOne™ (IS-95 CDMA) networks in New Delhi, India and Chelyabinsk, Russia earlier this year.
The official first call ceremony was held on October 22, 1997, with the mayor of Rostov Region and executives from Electrosviaz of Rostov Regionand Qualcomm in attendance. Ron Uhlig, Qualcomm's regional vice presidentof Infrastructure Sales for the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Baltic countries, commented, "Because of the visionary leadership at Electrosviaz of Rostov Region, telephony in the Rostov region will leapfrog several generations of older technologies directly to CDMA, the most advanced digital wireless technology available. Qualcomm is honored to be a participant in this project, which is delivering reliable, high-quality communications to the region and will offer further testimony to the many advantages of CDMA technology. It is truly an accomplishment to have jointly installed the system and brought it into commercial operation in just over 40 days. I look forward to continued cooperation between Electrosviaz of Rostov Region and Qualcomm to expand CDMA service to the entire region."
Valery Ukhov, General Director of Electrosviaz of Rostov Region, expressed his satisfaction with Qualcomm, the supplier of the infrastructure and subscriber equipment and services for the system. "As the developer of CDMA technology, Qualcomm has the technical expertise that we require in a vendor to ensure a successful deployment of our system. In addition, they provide us with a product that is uniquely suited to our needs. The QCore™ 22X Integrated Base Station Controller, which combines the switch and the controller in a compact, scaleable unit, is an economical choice for providing service to the 4.5 million people that reside in many small towns in the Rostov region."
The first call on the system was placed to Mr. Nail Ismailov, General Director, Open Joint Stock Company Sviazinvest, the Russian Federation government shareholder of all Sviazinform and Electrosviaz companies throughout Russia. Mr. Ismailov stated, "I am very impressed with the excellent voice quality of the system. I hope that CDMA will eventually serve not only the Rostov region, but all of Russia."
Qualcomm's wireless local loop systems, which provide voice quality similar to that of wireline, can be rapidly deployed and easily expanded, and deliver economic advantages to operators. Qualcomm has also deployed a CDMA wireless local loop system in Chelyabinsk, Russia, and is currently installing a similar system in Moscow.
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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