Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today introduced the industry's smallest cdmaOne (Code Division Multiple Access) base stations, the QCell 519e and the QCell 508e, for cellular and PCS networks. The latest products from Qualcomm address the needs of wireless service providers for compact, lightweight and cost-effective base station transceiver subsystems (BTSs). The QCell 519e and 508e products will enable cdmaOne operators to quickly and easily increase capacity and coverage in a variety of environments, including buildings, subways, capacity hot spots, event venues, highways and rural areas.
"Qualcomm's new CDMA base stations can reduce capital and deployment costs by more than 50 percent compared to macro CDMA cell sites, while providing operators with additional flexibility in designing mobile and wireless local loop networks," said John Major, president, Wireless Infrastructure Products division. "Furthermore, the QCell 500 series base stations will dramatically shorten the deployment process due to the products small size and wide range of installation options."
Entirely self-contained and environmentally designed for indoor or outdoor installations, the new lightweight QCell products are ideal for wall or pole-mounted applications. The QCell 519e and 508e BTSs measure just 26" by 15" by 8" (66cm x 38cm x 20cm) and weigh only 75 lb.(34 kg), allowing field technicians to rapidly complete installation by simply connecting the antenna and backhaul interface and plugging the product in to any universal AC power supply. The products deploy-anywhere design minimizes the costs operators usually face in obtaining zoning permits and acquiring and preparing sites.
The QCell 508e and 519e accommodate 64 channel elements and ten watts of radio frequency (RF) output power, providing maximum capacity and coverage. The QCell 500 series products are configured for omni sector, single RF carrier sites for low initial investment. As capacity demands increase, multiple QCell 500 series BTSs can be collocated to provide multiple sector cell design. In addition, they can be daisy chained for efficient use of backhaul, significantly reducing the service provider's capital and operating costs.
Operators can locate the new remote global positioning system (GPS) antenna up to 2000 feet (615m) away from the base station, eliminating the requirement for expensive coaxial cable to serve tunnels, subways and other hard to reach areas. One GPS antenna can be shared among multiple QCell500 series BTSs.
Using specially designed and manufactured components, the QCell 519e and 508e require no internal or external fans, resulting in low power, maintenance-free, silent operation. These energy-efficient BTSs consume less than 300 watts of universal AC power, less than one-third the power required for a conventional BTS, and are designed to be used with both U.S.and international power systems. These weather-proof QCell products can be installed virtually anywhere, withstanding temperatures from -40 degrees Celsius to +52 degrees Celsius.
Micro and pico applications of the product can fill in coverage holes or increase capacity in dense areas where real estate is at a premium. Integral patch antennas for spot and indoor coverage can be pre-installed for public and residential deployments, where traditional antenna installation may be difficult or inappropriate. In addition, these powerful BTSs have the capacity and coverage to provide service to highways and rural areas in a macrocellular environment, allowing operators the flexibility to deploy low cost base stations for a wide variety of applications. This attribute is especially beneficial to operators providing wireless local loop (WLL) service to suburban or rural areas.
The QCell 519e will be showcased at the CTIA '98 show in Atlanta, Georgia this February, and the first products are scheduled to ship in the second half of 1998.
As the leading developer of CDMA, Qualcomm continues to demonstrate its expertise in maximizing the performance of CDMA technology across its infrastructure equipment, subscriber products and Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs). Built from the ground up for CDMA networks, Qualcomm products perform more efficiently due to innovations such as superior link budgets and handoff algorithms, delivering the highest airlink capacity in the industry. Ultimately, these advantages allow operators to deploy CDMA systems with fewer cell sites and lower capital costs.
Qualcomm's network infrastructure components support fixed, mobile and hybrid networks in the 800 MHz cellular and 1900 MHz PCS bands. In addition to the expanded line of QCell BTS products, Qualcomm offers the compact, scaleable QCore 22X Integrated Base Station Controller (IBSC) with integrated MSC functionality. The scaleable IBSC, coupled with the expanded family of QCell BTSs, offer operators a cost-effective solution that can be purchased with minimal capital investment and expanded as needed to accommodate additional capacity. To offer operators greater choice and flexibility, Qualcomm is also developing standard interfaces to connect the QCore 22 BSC to other manufacturers' switching platforms.
Qualcomm is a leader in commercial CDMA WLL deployments, with systems in Chelyabinsk and Rostov-on-Don, Russia, and New Delhi, India, and deployments underway in Moscow, Ukraine and the Philippines. Qualcomm's mobile CDMA systems are being deployed in other countries, including the United States and Chile. The Company's commitment to CDMA technology is ongoing, with continued investments in research, development and standardization of new CDMA features and services, as well as third-generation digital wireless technologies.
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 products, 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 28, 1997 and most recent Form 10-Qs.
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