Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM)today announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Bangladesh Rural Telecom Authority (BRTA), a privately licensed telecommunications operator who will supply service to rural areas throughout Bangladesh. The MOU was signed in the presence of U.S. Secretary of Commerce William Daley and Mr. T. Ahmed, Minster of Industry and Commerce of Bangladesh, after the bilateral meeting of the two countries in Calcutta, India. Under the terms of the multi-year MOU, Qualcomm will supply a cdmaOne (Code Division Multiple Access) system to BRTA worth $25 million.
"It is with great pleasure that we announce our decision to deploy a CDMA wireless local loop system from Qualcomm, which will allow us to quickly move forward with providing high-quality, reliable telephone service to the country of Bangladesh," commented Major Nurun Nabi (retired), Managing Director of BRTA. "CDMA wireless telephony will not only deliver much-needed basic telephone service to residents and businesses throughout Bangladesh, but will reliably keep communications open during monsoon season and other difficult weather conditions."
In a country with over 120 million people and a low number of installed telephones, BRTA's modern CDMA wireless local loop system will provide essential basic telephone service to rural towns and villages throughout Bangladesh. In a CDMA wireless local loop application, a wireless link isused to replace a traditional copper line to connect telephones with a central switching office, providing an alternative to the costly and time-consuming implementation of wired telephone lines. Qualcomm's CDMA wireless local loop systems give carriers the ability to quickly and cost effectively introduce basic telephone service to large populations in diverse terrain. The technology provides voice quality similar to that of wireline, and offers customers advanced features and services.
"We congratulate BRTA on selecting CDMA from Qualcomm, which will give the people of Bangladesh access to the world's most advanced wireless voice and data telecommunications," said Marshall Towe, regional vice president of Qualcomm's infrastructure operations in Asia. "We look forward to a productive, long-term relationship with BRTA that will meet the growing needs of BRTA's customers today and into the future."
"Qualcomm is pleased to have the opportunity to help BRTA achieve its aggressive telecommunications goals for rural Bangladesh," said B.A. Majmudar, vice president of sales and marketing for Qualcomm's India operations. "We expect to open a local Qualcomm office within the first quarter of 1998 to provide technical support for the deployment of the system, which will begin in the second quarter of 1998. This marks the first implementation of the latest technology for rural areas in the region. Qualcomm is pleased to offer network plans that are optimized for rural areas and require fewer cell sites than other technologies."
Under the terms of the MOU, Qualcomm will supply their 800 MHz QCell 3508i Base station Transceiver Subsystems (BTSs) and QCore 22X Integrated Base Station Controllers (IBSCs), as well as QCT-6000, QCT-10200, and QCP-800 phones. Qualcomm will also supply a range of deployment services, including training, program management, installation, commissioning and network planning using Qualcomm's industry's leading QEDesign network planning software.
Qualcomm has emerged as a leader in the WLL arena with commercial WLL systems in Russia and India, and contracts for other WLL deployments in Nigeria, the Philippines, Russia and Ukraine. Qualcomm's mobile CDMA systems are being deployed in other countries, including the United States and Chile. As the pioneer 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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