NEW ORLEANS -- February 8, 1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that it would conduct trials of its High Data Rate (HDR) solution with U S WEST Wireless, LLC. HDR delivers very high-speed Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) wireless Internet access at peak data rates greaterthan 1.8 Megabits per second (Mbps), with even higher speeds expected in the future. HDR provides a cost-effective solution for wireless operators, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), cable companies and existing landline service providers who wish to expand their customer base with high-speed Internet access, using a standard 1.25 Megahertz (MHz) channel.
"With the rapidly growing demand for high-speed Internet access from home, the office and on the road, HDR provides a fast and cost-effective wireless CDMA solution for market segments that may be difficult or expensive to reach via traditional operator or cable networks," said Jeffrey A. Jacobs, vice president of corporate business development for Qualcomm. "Qualcomm is excited to leverage Cisco Systems' data networking expertise to offer wireless, high-speed Internet access to U S WEST's customers."
The trials with U S WEST mark the first field deployment of this leading-edge technology. U S WEST's HDR trials will incorporate evaluations of HDR's air-link performance and advanced feature sets, as well as HDR's decentralized Internet Protocol (IP)-based architecture and highly integrated access points. The laboratory phase of the trials is expected to begin in April 1999. A live demonstration of HDR technology isalso being showcased at Qualcomm's booth, number 3125, at the CTIA Wireless '99 show in New Orleans, La. this week.
Integrated access points, which provide the over-the-air link between the consumer's handset and the IP network, will utilize 800 MHz or 1900 MHz CDMA wireless infrastructure equipment developed by Qualcomm. Qualcomm is supplying the HDR subscriber stations, as well as engineering and deployment services for the trials. Qualcomm's HDR solution utilizes switching and routing technology from Cisco Systems, which will interconnect the access points and provide direct connections to the Internet. IP mobility and security services are supported through Cisco IOS® software.
HDR leverages cdmaOne™ technology and cost curves, affording operators the lowest cost and a "fast time to market" migration path to offering megabit-speed wireless Internet access to consumers.
HDR is designed to enable existing cdmaOne service providers to obtain higher capacities and superior performance by optimizing voice and data spectrum separately, while serving both applications from the same network. In addition, HDR offers an efficient solution for service providers utilizing other wireless technologies, as HDR's architecture does not necessitate a pre-existing cdmaOne network. HDR can be deployed as a separate data network or with an existing telecommunications network.
Using the new HDR technology, consumers will have the potential to download data from the Internet at peak speeds of up to 25 times faster than today's 56 kilobits per second (kbps) wireline modems. HDR delivers more efficient Internet access, e-mail, data transfers and messaging applications while handling multimedia applications, such as audio and video file transfers, which require high data transfer speeds.
The HDR initiative is a part of Qualcomm's overall strategy to provide wireless operators with a variety of solutions to evolve their networks to offer third generation services.
U S WEST (NYSE: USW) provides a full range of telecommunications services including wireline, wireless PCS, data networking, directory and information services to more than 25 million customers nationally and in 14 western and Midwestern states. More information about U S WEST can be found on the Internet at http://www.uswest.com/.
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's CDMA digital technology. The Company's major business areas include CDMA phones; integrated CDMA chipsets and system software; wireless infrastructure; technology licensing; andsatellite-based systems including OmniTRACS® and portions of the Globalstar™ system. Qualcomm is headquartered in San Diego, Calif.Qualcomm's fiscal 1998 revenues exceeded U.S. $3 billion. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at 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, the Company's abilityto successfully manufacture significant quantities of CDMA or other equipment on a timely and profitable basis, and those related to performance guarantees, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, 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 27, 1998, and most recent Form 10-Q.