Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced plans to open an International Corporate Center in Chennai, India to support a variety of business efforts, including software development, training, regional customer support and deployment services.
"Our goal in opening Qualcomm's first International Corporate Center is to better meet the needs of our customers in the region, as well as to focus additional research and development resources on our wireless network planning and deployment solutions," said Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. "Our choice of Chennai as the location represents our continuing commitment to investing in India, where Qualcomm has had operations for more than four years, as well as our determination to continually improve the quality and accessibility of our products and services to customers worldwide."
"We are confident that our decision to open this facility will be beneficial to Qualcomm, our customers and to the city of Chennai," added S. Rajan, general manager of the Chennai International Corporate Center for Qualcomm. "The International Corporate Center is scheduled to open in June of this year and we anticipate expanding the facility to employ close to 100 employees by year end."
Qualcomm is expanding development efforts to support QEDesign, the Company's wireless network planning and system optimization software, and the QCTest family of CDMA network optimization tools. Software development for these products will now be located at the Chennai center.
QEDesign, developed by Qualcomm, provides operators with a sophisticated software solution for design and performance simulation of CDMA wireless systems, resulting in highly accurate and resource-efficient radio network designs. QEDesign is used internally at Qualcomm to design CDMA networks for customers, and is sold externally to CDMA-focused operators around the world. Qualcomm's extensive line of QCTest products was specifically developed for CDMA over-the-air testing and analysis.
Qualcomm's comprehensive training program, known as "CDMA University", will be offered at the International Corporate Center, making it easier for Qualcomm's customers in the region to provide training to their staff. The program provides a complete education in the theoretical and working principles of Qualcomm's Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology. Designed for engineers, technicians and managers, these courses prepare operators for successful installation, optimization, operation and maintenance of CDMA systems.
In addition, the International Corporate Center will be staffed with skilled engineers and customer service representatives providing round-the-clock technical support and customer service to regional customers. The engineering team will also perform hardware and software repairs, and will manage a spare parts depot to provide faster turn-around time for customers.
Extensive deployment resources will also be based out of the center, including CDMA engineers skilled in installation and optimization, experienced project managers to support the customer base, and network planning engineers. Field engineering, project management and network planning services will be offered to support business units in the region.
The International Corporate Center represents an expansion of Qualcomm's training, deployment and customer support services, which are currently based out of the Company's headquarters in San Diego, Calif. Site selection and staffing needs for the Chennai center are currently being determined.
Qualcomm is the supplier of India's first commercial CDMA wireless local loop (WLL) system, operated by Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited in New Delhi, India. Qualcomm has emerged as a leader in the WLL arena with agreements to deploy CDMA systems in North America, South America, Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa.
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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