Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced it has signed a contract with Nigerian Starcomms Limited, aprivately licensed wireless local loop (WLL) operator who will supply service to the Lagos area. Under the terms of the contract, Qualcomm will supply a cdmaOne (Code Division Multiple Access) system to Starcomms worth over $40 million. Qualcomm is scheduled to begin deployment of the 1900MHz WLL system in early 1998, with commercial service expected in the second quarter.
"We chose to deploy Qualcomm's CDMA technology because it has proven to be the most technically and economically viable solution for providing fixed wireless service," said Chief Maan Lababidi, Chairman of Starcomms. "We look forward to rapidly providing reliable, secure and high-quality communications to a mix of business and residential customers in the Lagos area."
High demand for telephone service is spurring the growth of the telecommunications sector in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country with 110 million people. Starcomms' WLL deployment will provide much needed telephone service to the Lagos area, and will offer customers excellent voice quality and advanced wireless features.
"The signing of our contract with Starcomms represents a tremendous opportunity for Qualcomm, and the beginning of what we hope will be a long and mutually beneficial relationship," commented Dr. Irwin Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of Qualcomm. "We are proud to be taking a leadership role in bringing our advanced CDMA technology to Nigeria and the African continent."
"We are very excited to be one of the first telecommunications companies in Africa to be working with Qualcomm on wireless infrastructure deployments," said Amin Al-Kayal, general manager of Starcomms. "We hope that Qualcomm will continue to fulfill our wireless equipment needs and be our partner in success."
Charles Oshunremi, director of business development of African operations for Qualcomm's Wireless Infrastructure Products division, added, "We are extremely pleased to be providing CDMA technology to Nigeria, where demand for telecommunications is among the highest on the continent. We expect to open the Qualcomm office in Nigeria within the first quarter of 1998 to provide local technical support and account management."
The system will feature Qualcomm's 1900 MHz QCell™ 3519i Base Station Transceiver Subsystems (BTSs) and QCore™ 22X Integrated Base Station Controllers (IBSCs), as well as QCT-6200 and QCT-1200 wireless local loop telephones. Qualcomm will supply other equipment required for operation of the system, as well as a full menu of services, including training, program management, installation, commissioning and network planning using Qualcomm's industry's leading QEDesign® network planning software.
Qualcomm continues to expand its global presence with contracts for CDMA deployments in North America, South America, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. Qualcomm pioneered the acceptance of CDMA technology in Africa, and is currently engaged in advanced discussions with several other carriers in the region. The Company has emerged as a leader in the WLL arena with commercial WLL systems in Russia and India, and deployments underway in Russia, Ukraine and the Philippines. Qualcomm's mobile CDMA systems are being deployed in other countries, including the United States and Chile. As the developer of CDMA technology, Qualcomm continues to invest 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 communicationsequipment 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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