Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced it has signed a contract with the Beijing Telecommunication Administration (BTA) for a cdmaOne (IS-95 Code Division Multiple Access) Wireless Local Loop (WLL) trial in China. Under the terms of the agreement, Qualcomm will supply infrastructure equipment, subscriber terminals and deployment services for the 1900 MHz CDMA WLL trial in the Wukesong area of Beijing. The trial system has already been deployed and is operational.
"As the developer of CDMA technology and a leading supplier of CDMA wireless local loop systems, Qualcomm has a great deal to offer Chinese operators, including strong products, global deployment experience and unparalleled CDMA expertise," said Larry Hartigan, regional vice president North Asia, for Qualcomm's Wireless Infrastructure Division. "We are pleased to have the opportunity to showcase our wireless local loop system to the Beijing Telecommunication Administration and other Chinese operators, and we look forward to the certification of our equipment for commercial sale in China."
The agreement specifies that upon successful completion of the Acceptance Test Plan, which consists of a series of functional and performance tests defined by Qualcomm and the BTA, the BTA will purchase the CDMA WLL system. The BTA intends to acquire market and end-user information about WLL services and technology throughout the three-month trial.
The trial system consists of Qualcomm's distributed, scaleable QCore 22X Integrated Base Station Controller, QCell 2519e base stations and 200 wireless local loop subscriber terminals. Qualcomm's products optimize cdmaOne technology to its greatest potential, providing high-performance networks to operators all over the world. The system will be designed using Qualcomm's industry-leading network planning software tool, QEDesign. Qualcomm will also provide a range of deployment services, including installation, commissioning and optimization.
Qualcomm has emerged as a leader in the WLL arena with commercial WLL systems in Russia and India, and other WLL deployments underway or planned in Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, the Philippines, Russia and the Ukraine. As the pioneer of CDMA technology, Qualcomm continues to invest in research, development and standardization of new CDMA features and services, as well as third-generation digital wireless technologies.
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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