Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced the launch of its new QSource CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) Optimization Services group within Qualcomm's Wireless Infrastructure Division, which offers wireless operators a comprehensive approach to maximizing the performance and profit potential of their cdmaOne networks. This offering is designed to ensure that operators areproviding premier voice and data services to their customers while attaining performance efficiencies that positively affect the profitability and long-term success of their businesses.
"Since the first commercial CDMA network was deployed in 1995, Qualcomm has been called upon by operators deploying CDMA systems around the world to provide engineering and deployment expertise on an as-needed basis," said John Major, president of Qualcomm's Wireless Infrastructure Division. "Qualcomm's goal in launching the QSource CDMA Optimization Services group is to formalize the process of assisting operators in attaining the excellent voice quality, greater system capacity and broad network coverage that CDMA was designed to provide. Operators who purchase Qualcomm's CDMA systems, of course, automatically have access to our engineering and deployment services. With this new group, we are expanding access to our QSource CDMA Optimization Services so that any CDMA operator can easily choose to enlist our services."
"The focus of CDMA operators during initial system deployment phases has primarily been to provide broad coverage and ensure a timely entrance into the market," said Gordon Davidson, director of business development for Qualcomm's QSource CDMA Optimization Services. "Now that many CDMA networks are operational, operators are shifting their focus towards expanding capacity, effectively managing network growth and fine tuning the overall performance of the system—and as a consequence, the need for optimization services is growing. In turn, Qualcomm has increased its focus on this type of services to ensure that a consistent and comprehensive program for rapid optimization of operators' CDMA networks is in place to meet demand."
The QSource Optimization Services group represents an expansion of Qualcomm's existing CDMA products and services. The new group leverages over a decade of in-house CDMA expertise in infrastructure, handset and ASIC product development, network planning and design, system deployment, technical training, and CDMA technology evolution and standardization. The goals of Qualcomm's QSource CDMA Optimization Services are to assist operators in attaining maximum performance of their cdmaOne infrastructure equipment, increasing their revenues by minimizing operating expense and delaying premature capital expenditures, and increasing customer satisfaction and retention.
Specifically, Qualcomm's network optimization teams will focus on assisting CDMA network operators in:
- Improving voice quality
- Increasing Radio Frequency (RF) coverage
- Reducing call-drop rates
- Reducing access-failure rates
- Reducing blocked calls
- Increasing system capacity
- Incorporating revisions to CDMA standards (i.e., IS-95-B)
The formal process is comprised of a number of activities, including a network design review, system parameter review, independent network plan development, sample system data collection, field measurement, data processing, and analysis and optimization plan development and implementation.
CDMA network optimization is generally performed at specific stages in the deployment of a network, including prior to service launch, after service launch and during network expansion. Qualcomm is offering services for all stages, as well as periodic network performance audits. Qualcomm will offer network optimization services to CDMA network operators worldwide, for all brands of cdmaOne infrastructure equipment.
Qualcomm continues to expand its global presence with contracts for system deployments in North America, South America, Asia, Africa and the Commonwealth of Independent States. As a leading CDMA equipment provider, Qualcomm offers turnkey fixed and mobile systems to 800 MHz cellular and 1900 MHz PCS operators. Qualcomm's products optimize cdmaOne technology to its greatest potential, providing high performance networks to operators all over the world. As the developer of CDMA technology, Qualcomm continues to lead the industry in research and 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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