Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) announced today that the Company's full line of 800 MHz cellular base stations for cdmaOne™ (IS-95 Code Division Multiple Access) networks will be showcased at CTIA/Wireless '98 (Booth #2539), the leading global conference and trade show for wireless carriers and manufacturers. The display will feature Qualcomm's newest single-rack BTS, the QCell™ 3308i, as well as the recently announced QCell 508e, the smallest CDMA base station in the world. Qualcomm's multi-sector, multi-carrier QCell 3508i BTS, ideal for very high capacity networks, will also be displayed. Qualcomm's QCell family provides operators with the versatility and powerto meet the changing needs of their CDMA networks.
"Our extensive line of QCell BTS products are already well known in the industry, as they provide operators with the greatest capacity, coverageand performance for their CDMA networks," said John Major, president of Qualcomm's Wireless Infrastructure Division. "Qualcomm understands that operators need a variety of BTS products to meet diverse needs, and to this end we have, and will continue to, evolve our product line to support successful and cost-effective CDMA deployments over the long-term."
As the developer of CDMA technology, Qualcomm continues to demonstrate its expertise in maximizing the performance of CDMA technology across its broad range of infrastructure products. 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 air link capacity in the industry. Ultimately, these advantages allow operators to deploy CDMA systems with fewer cell sites and lower capital costs.
The QCell 508e is a flexible, compact BTS that provides pico, micro or macro coverage for all types of topologies, such as malls, airports, highways and small, remote villages. Entirely self-contained and environmentally designed for indoor or outdoor installations, the lightweight QCell product measures just 26 inches by 15 inches by 8 inches and weighs only 75 pounds. The product's deploy-anywhere design is ideal for wall or pole-mounted applications, and minimizes the costs operators usually face in obtaining zoning permits and acquiring and preparing sites.
The QCell 3308i is an ideal solution for operators providing macro-cellular coverage in lower density areas. It features one-carrier support in a single rack design for optimal use of floorspace, but can also expand to meet a growing subscriber base. A second rack offers a multi-carrier solution when the operator is ready to provide services to these added subscribers.
The QCell 3508i offers multiple carrier support and is advantageous for operators who plan to support very high capacities in their networks. The product is designed to relieve initial capital investment by offering operators several capacity options for initial deployment. As demand grows, additional capacity is handled by simply adding channel cards, sectors or another 1.25 MHz CDMA carrier.
In a move that reflects the Company's ongoing commitment to the evolution of digital componentry in its equipment, Qualcomm is introducing a more powerful QCell BTS channel card. Operators can increase the capacity of their base stations by adding channel cards as their networks grow. Qualcomm currently offers 24-channel element channel cards for the QCell 2500, 3300 and 3500 series BTS products. In May 1998, Qualcomm expects to introduce a 28-channel element channel card, offering operators higher capacity without significant increases in cost and a decreased cost-per-channel.
Qualcomm's full line of network infrastructure equipment supports fixed, mobile and hybrid networks in the 800 MHz cellular and 1900 MHz PCS bands. In addition to the 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 family of QCell BTSs, offers 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.
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-Q.
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