Qualcomm and Alcatel have announced that wireless service providers worldwide will be able to take delivery of Qualcomm's cdmaOne IS-634 wireless network solution beginning in the second quarter of 1998. The system features Qualcomm's QCore base station controllers fully integrated with the Alcatel 1000 S12 switching center via the IS-634 open interface, as well as QCell base stations. With the IS-634 open radio-switch interface, the new architecture proves an attractive option for price- and performance-conscious wireless operators who want deployment flexibility and not single-vendor proprietary solutions.
"The international market demand for CDMA-based wireless solutions is increasing at a rapid pace," said David Owen, vice president and general manager-Mobile Switching, Alcatel Network Systems, Inc. "Alcatel's large installed switching base and comprehensive international service and support capabilities, coupled with Qualcomm's recognized competence in developing and deploying products for CDMA networks, will provide operators with a strong, integrated solution."
"We look forward to introducing operators in Asia and beyond to the benefits of networks that have implemented open interface standards," said Larry Hartigan, regional vice president, North Asia, for Qualcomm's Wireless Infrastructure Division. "Wireless operators in China are likely candidates for the new IS-634 solution, which provides operators with the flexibility of choosing the network elements that best suit their needs."
The two companies announced an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement in September 1997 to use the Alcatel switch in Qualcomm's cdmaOne networks. Since then, both companies have conducted many tests of this integrated solution for the wireless industry in Qualcomm's research and development facilities in San Diego, Calif. and Alcatel's design center in Raleigh, N.C.
In addition to offering the IS-634 solution, Qualcomm continues to develop, supply and deploy CDMA networks utilizing the Company's existing integrated solution, which consists of the QCore 22X Integrated Base Station Controller with switching capabilities and QCell base stations.
Alcatel, the Telecom sector of Alcatel Alsthom, designs, manufactures and markets complete telecommunications systems. Activities include fixed switching networks, transmission systems, access systems, mobile communications infrastructure, business networking, submarine cable networks, as well as radio communications, space and defense systems. With operations in over 130 countries, Alcatel is a leading-edge supplier in the majority of its business. In 1997, the Telecom segment of Alcatel Alsthom registered total sales of FF 83 billion. For more information, visit Alcatel via the web at www.alcatel.com.
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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