Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced the introduction of the industry's first Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless concentrators. The new QCT-8000 is designed for CDMA digital cellular systems at 800 MHz frequency, while the new QCT-8200 supports CDMA digital Personal Communications Services (PCS) systems at 1900 MHz. Qualcomm's new concentrators offer the most cost-effective fixed wireless solution for business, apartment and condominium complexes, and clustered housing.
"Qualcomm's new concentrators offer our customers an innovative, cost-effective solution to rapidly deliver affordable telephone service without sacrificing the clarity similar to the voice quality of a landline," said Diane M. Winchell, director of product management for Qualcomm's Subscriber Products Division. "Plus, because the system is portable and expandable, carriers can deploy services based on demand where services were previously nonexistent."
Configured with six to 14 CDMA radio ports, the QCT-8000 and the QCT-8200 indoor concentrator systems serve up to 72 subscribers. The link between the concentrator and a Base station Transceiver Subsystem (BTS) is wireless, while the connection to the individual phone is wired via twisted copper pairs. The QCT-8000 and QCT-8200 are designed to fit into any building's common telecommunications closet. Consumers can easily access the system by simply plugging a telephone, fax machine or data modem into a standard RJ-11 telephone wall jack.
The system supports up to 13 simultaneous calls. Call signals are routed to a common antenna, which are then sent out over the air to the nearest BTS. In addition to dial tone and a unique phone number, each subscriber line supports up to three extensions. The subscriber lines also feature data capabilities with transmission rates of up to 14.4 Kbps (where CDMA data services are available), direct inward/outward calling, caller ID, call waiting, call transfer and three-way calling.
The new concentrators incorporate Qualcomm's CDMA technology and allows many single-wired telephones to share a smaller number of CDMA radios. CDMA technology provides crystal clear voice quality, advanced security features to guard against cloning and fraud, less background noise and increased cell area coverage. Combined with the features of the concentrator, the carrier can now offer less expensive, better quality phone service to a greater number of subscribers.
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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