SAN DIEGO -- July 15, 1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU), global leader in CDMA networks, today announced an agreement to jointly develop and promote standardization of a technology for locating the point of origin of an emergency wireless phone call.
Designed to meet the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Enhanced 911 (E911) mandate, this advanced technique is based on Qualcomm's innovations in CDMA handsets and ASIC chip technology, and networking research from Bell Labs, Lucent's research and development arm.
Using a hybrid approach that combines signals from a constellation of Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites, CDMA standard cellular and Personal Communications Service (PCS) networks, and modifications to the handsets, the solution enhances location services availability, accelerates the location determination process and provides better accuracy for a caller in an emergency situation. The FCC has mandated that by October 2001, all wireless 911 calls must be pinpointed within 410 feet. The Qualcomm/Lucent wireless position location solution, which has exhibited the ability to pinpoint origination within 15 feet outdoors and 100 feet inside buildings, well exceeds the E911 requirement, while minimizing carriers' costs.
The agreement calls for Qualcomm and Lucent to jointly propose their innovative network-based geolocation solution to standards development organizations. The Companies are developing plans for carrier testing.
"The solution being developed by Qualcomm and Lucent will help establish an E911 industry solution to make precise and accurate location information readily available," said Gina Lombardi, vice president of product management for Qualcomm Consumer Products. "The technology will allow emergency personnel to locate wireless phone users in distress no matter where they are in a carrier's network, from isolated locales to crowded urban settings."
"We're delighted to collaborate with a CDMA leader like Qualcomm, to help our network operator customers not only implement a cost-effective and highly accurate E911 solution, but to also lay the groundwork for next-generation CDMA services," said Albert Jordan, Lucent's director of CDMA product management. "This is a win-win project that doubly benefits carriers by addressing the FCC mandate for emergency location and opening new revenue opportunities. Conveniently, the E911 implementation deadline coincides with the planned commercialization of third generation (3G) CDMA networks, providing network operators innovative options for introducing location-specific, high-speed data and Internet-based information services."
Lucent Technologies supplies mobile and fixed wireless communications systems that offer global service providers standards-based solutions for serving the information needs of consumers and enterprises. Headquartered in Murray Hill, N.J., Lucent designs, builds and delivers a wide range of public and private networks, communications systems and software, data networking systems, business telephone systems and microelectronic components. Bell Labs is the research and development arm for the company. For more information on Lucent Technologies, visit the company's web site at http://www.lucent.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; technology licensing; and satellite-based systems including OmniTRACS® and portions of the Globalstar™ system. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is a FORTUNE 500® company with fiscal 1998 revenues in excess of U.S. $3 billion. For more information, 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, the Company's ability to 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.
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