Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM) and AirTouch Communications (NYSE:ATI) today announced that they will participate in the wireless industry's first trial of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital data technologies for information services with Lucent Technologies and 3Com. The Companies will test new CDMA data technologies and evaluate CDMA data-capable phones, information appliances and applications.
The trial will begin with a validation of a fast wireless Internet access technology, Quick Net Connect (QNC), that was jointly developed by Qualcomm and 3Com and delivered by Lucent's CDMA infrastructure. QNC technology has the potential to provide faster, more reliable wireless Internet connections with data rates of 14.4 kbps. The companies expect to begin the trial within a month and continue testing throughout 1998.
"Qualcomm is aggressively supporting our customers to expedite the trials of their wireless data systems," said James B. DeBello, vice president and general manager of Qualcomm's Eudora Division. "As CDMA digital data services roll out over the next year, consumers will be able to take advantage of quick wireless data communications to easily access the information they use most everyday."
"AirTouch is excited about the potential for bringing advanced wireless information access and management solutions to our customers. This trial could identify new applications to help customers achieve better balance in their lives. We're pleased to work with other industry leaders and look forward to a timely and responsive trial," said Scott Falconer, vice president- marketing at AirTouch Cellular.
AirTouch Communications is a global wireless communications company, with interests in cellular, paging and personal communications services in the United States, Belgium, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Korea, Spain and Sweden, as well as an interest in the Globalstar™ satellite system. The company, based in San Francisco, serves nearly 11 million proportionate customers worldwide.
Except for the historical information presented, the matters discussed in this release are forward-looking statements and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Such factors include: whether these technologies will be developed according to anticipated schedules, will perform according to expectations, or achieve commercial acceptance. These and other factors related to the business are described in AirTouch Communications' 10-K under "Investment Considerations" and the quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.
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, the Company's ability to successfully manufacture significant quantities of CDMA or other equipment on a timely and profitable basis and those related to performance guarantees, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, 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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