Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), the pioneer and developer of CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) technology, announced today that it has been awarded type approval and quality certification for its cdmaOne™ (IS-95 CDMA) system in Indonesia. Qualcomm is the first CDMA vendor to have its equipment officially certified for quality and type approved for commercial deployment by both PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (TELKOM), the state-owned telecommunications provider, and Indonesia's Directorate General Post & Telecommunications.The commemorative first call was made during a ceremony to inaugurate the pilot project supplied and installed by Qualcomm. The call was made by TELKOM's chief executive officer A.A. Nasution in Bandung to Qualcomm's chairman and chief executive officer, Dr. Irwin Jacobs in San Diego, Calif. The project is the result of a joint research program between Qualcomm and TELKOM's Research and Development Division, DivRISTI. Located in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, the hybrid network supports both fixed wireless and mobile services."Indonesia's economic situation presents increasing challenges for TELKOM to identify and utilize cost-effective alternatives to bring world class telecommunications services to Indonesia," said Mr. Nasution. "We welcome the initiative taken by Qualcomm with its cdmaOne technology to further develop the telecommunications industry in Indonesia.""CDMA has the potential to emerge as the new digital standard for mobile, fixed wireless and Personal Communication Services in Indonesia," said Suryatin Setiawan, head of TELKOM's DivRISTI. "DivRISTI is responsible for reviewing new technology quality prior to commercial deployment. Based on the extensive pre-trial tests, we believe cdmaOne technology offers significant potential for cost-effective and high-quality wireless telecommunications in Indonesia.""We are extremely pleased that cdmaOne is the first CDMA standard to be officially approved and certified for commercial use in Indonesia," said vice president of Qualcomm's Wireless Infrastructure Division, Marshall Towe, Jr. "The stringent review process undertaken by RISTI shows TELKOM's high level of professionalism to ensure that the technology can provide the level of quality necessary to grow the Indonesian telecommunications industry.""We acknowledge the current challenges faced by Indonesia, and Qualcomm is committed to participating in the long-term development of Indonesia's telecommunications industry," said Bintang Juliarso, Indonesia country manager for Qualcomm's Wireless Infrastructure Division. "We believe our CDMA technology fits the government's long-term telecommunications objectives, which are to provide high quality telecommunications services through advanced and cost-effective technology to increase the country's teledensity rate."Established in October 1997, the Qualcomm regional office in Jakarta has been actively involved with DivRISTI to ensure the success of this project. Through its presence in Jakarta, Indonesia, Qualcomm provides maximum support for the government's plan for additional telephone lines in Indonesia.The network is comprised of Qualcomm's QCore 22X switch and base station controller and QCell base stations. Qualcomm's products optimize cdmaOne technology to its greatest potential, and provide high performance networks to operators in the Americas, Asia-Pacific, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Africa. As the developer of CDMA technology, Qualcomm continues to lead the industry in research and development as well as standardization of new CDMA features and third-generation digital wireless services.Headquartered in San Diego, California, 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 change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves. The described transaction is subject to a number of customary representations and warranties, as well as a number of conditions precedent to the party's obligations. These and other risks are 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.# # #Qualcomm, OmniTRACS, Eudora and Eudora Pro are registered trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Globalstar is a trademark of Loral Qualcomm Satellite Services, Incorporated.
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