ORLANDO, Fla. - September 24, 1998 - Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) announced the successful completion of a multi-vendor network test of the IS-634 interface in Brazil. Qualcomm and NEC do Brazil performed the integration tests on TELEBAHIA Celular's cdmaOne™ (IS-95 Code Division Multiple Access) network in Salvador, Bahia, representing one of the first demonstrations of the IS-634 open system radio-switch interface within a commercial environment.
"We are proud to have reached this milestone in demonstrating the technical viability and outstanding performance of our IS-634 network architecture. This tremendous success is a result of the combined efforts of TELEBAHIA Celular, a leader in providing CDMA services in Brazil, Qualcomm, the pioneer of CDMA technology and products, and NEC, the largest supplier of telecommunications systems in Brazil," said William Nolasco Barreto, general manager, Wireless Division for NEC do Brazil.
"Through our implementation of the IS-634 interface, we have demonstrated our commitment and ability to provide a variety of solutions for diverse markets," said Jim Edson, regional vice president of Latin American operations for Qualcomm's Wireless Infrastructure Division. "Operators can now leverage their existing investments and remain flexible in their deployment options."
"TELEBAHIA Celular pioneered CDMA technology in Brazil, and we believe that open interface systems benefit both consumers and operators by further enhancing competition in the marketplace," said Pedro de Jesus Silva, of TELEBAHIA Celular. "We are very proud to have provided auxiliary infrastructure for this experience, and we have a network solution that will serve us well into the future."
The implementation of the IS-634 open interface standard in networks supplied by Qualcomm and NEC offers operators additional flexibility in designing and deploying their CDMA networks. Open interface solutions enable operators to leverage their existing switching technology investments, specify products with the best technical capabilities, and realize the best value when selecting their switching and wireless access components.
The integration was completed using NEC's NEAX61S mobile switching center and Qualcomm's QCore™ 22 Base Station Controllers and QCell™ base station equipment. More than 50 tests were successfully executed to test functions such as call processing, mobility management, supplementary services and hand-off functions, resulting in transparent service to consumers.
Qualcomm's products optimize cdmaOne technology to its greatest potential, providing high performance networks to operators all over the world. As a leading CDMA equipment provider, Qualcomm offers turnkey fixed and mobile systems to 800 MHz cellular and 1900 MHz PCS operators. Qualcomm has CDMA network deployments planned or underway in North and South America, Asia-Pacific, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Africa. As the pioneer of CDMA technology, Qualcomm continues to invest in the research, development and standardization of new CDMA products and features, as well as third-generation digital wireless services.
NEC Corporation, founded in 1899, is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and had net sales of US$40 billion for 1996-97 fiscal year. NEC Corporation manufactures and markets a broad range of products including computer systems, which extend from supercomputers to personal computers; communications systems, which extend from switching systems to cellular phones; and electronic devices, which extend from microprocessors to memory chips. NEC DO BRASIL S.A., a $1 billion company headquartered in Sao Paulo, develops, manufactures, markets and integrates a range of telecommunication products to its customers including full turn-key deployments. It is the largest supplier of these systems in Brazil, including cellular networks. NEC DO BRASIL's web site is located athttp://www.nec.com.br.
Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., 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 athttp://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.