Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), the pioneer of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology and leading manufacturer of CDMA subscriber products and infrastructure equipment, today announced a multi-faceted strategic initiative to deliver integrated, end-to-end wireless data solutions to its CDMA carrier customers.
Under the banner, "The Quickest Way to Data," the goal of the initiative is to jumpstart the wireless data revolution—the convergence of wireless telephony and information delivery—by providing CDMA carriers and their customers with data-enabled handsets, infrastructure and value-added application services.
"The wireless data revolution is about regaining our freedom to communicate by taming technology to make it a natural extension of human interaction and behavior," said Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. "It's a revolution that promises to provide every consumer greater control over how they manage their busy schedules, allowing them to conduct business or engage in social interaction whenever, wherever and however they want," said Dr. Jacobs.
Qualcomm's wireless data initiative was unveiled at a press briefing held here to kick off the second day of CTIA's Wireless '98, the leading global conference and trade show for wireless carriers and manufacturers.
"Qualcomm will continue and, in fact, accelerate its leadership role in providing integrated end-to-end wireless data solutions that meet the needs of customers for communications and information access anytime, anywhere, with any device and in any form," said Dr. Jacobs.
As a part of Qualcomm's ongoing commitment to the development of CDMA digital wireless data, new technologies are being developed that will enable carriers to link to the Internet and support enterprise networks in facilitating access to information and applications. These developments will leverage Qualcomm's industry-leading Eudora Internet messaging software and provide users with mobile applications such as electronic mail, calendaring and scheduling, and contact management. The inherent capabilities of the new CDMA wireless data technologies will allow carriers to offer a full range of applications to their customers for mobile data solutions with laptops and wireless handsets.
"The time is right for the onset of the wireless data revolution, ranging from the emergence of high-quality digital wireless infrastructure to an explosion in the popularity of information services delivered as Internet mail," said Dr. Jacobs. "In addition, there is a new class of intelligent wireless handsets with the functionality of network computers."
Qualcomm is uniquely positioned to lead the wireless data revolution by drawing upon the various components the company already has in place to deliver an integrated solution. These include:
- cdmaOne™ (IS-95 CDMA) infrastructure equipment, leading the industry with support of multiple CDMA wireless data services, including packet data with mobile IP and dormant mode, circuit-switched data and digital fax capabilities; and support of IS-95B features, including high-speed data and enhanced network performance;
- CDMA subscriber handsets and access devices for cellular systems, personal communications services (PCS) and wireless local loop systems, including the Q phone series which is upgradeable to support wireless Internet access;
- Internet messaging with Eudora, the leading Internet messaging solution with over 18 million users;
- OmniTRACS® mobile information management system, the world's leading two-way mobile satellite communications and tracking system with over 224,000 systems sold worldwide and a network management center that processes over four million transactions daily; and,
- ASICs, embedding Qualcomm's CDMA communications technology in a full line of Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) and software. Over ten million chipsets and software solutions have been shipped to cellular, PCS and wireless local loop systems supporting both voice and data applications.
"Qualcomm already supplies the wireless carriers and Internet service providers with hardware and software. Our wireless data initiative is the next logical step, where we put all these pieces together as an integrator combining the breadth of talent and skills of our engineering organization with best-of-class content and carrier partners to deliver a seamless offering for end users," said Dr. Jacobs.
Qualcomm has licensed its CDMA technology to over 50 other leading telecommunications manufacturers worldwide and supplies the industry's most advanced line of CDMA subscriber products, wireless infrastructure products and semiconductors. Qualcomm's CDMA technology enables a large number of users to share the same frequencies and increases system capacity by as much as 10 to 20 times over analog cellular systems. It also provides superior voice quality, enhanced security and improved battery life.
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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