NEW ORLEANS -- September 22, 1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) today announced the availability of its tri-mode Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) satellite portable phone to operate on the Globalstar™ low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communications system.
The tri-mode portable phone provides access to the Globalstar network, an advanced combination of satellite and wireline technology, as well as access to cellular networks using Qualcomm's cdmaOne or analog technology. The handset is the first in the world to eliminate size, dimension and cost barriers of previous satellite phones brought to market.
"We're excited to introduce our new CDMA Globalstar handset to the marketplace," said Jerry Beckwith, president, Qualcomm Wireless Systems. "The commercial availability of our Globalstar phone represents a significant step forward as the smallest and lightest CDMA satellite phone in the world."
The Qualcomm Globalstar GSP-1600 satellite phone offers clear digital voice communications and supports features such as global roaming, position location display, short messaging service (SMS), paging, caller identification (ID) and user interface for multiple languages.
Qualcomm and AirTouch are also responsible for the development of the Globalstar gateways. The Globalstar gateways interconnect with local wireline and cellular service providers to offer global roaming, cellular extension and remote services to all market segments.
The Globalstar system will consist of 48 low-earth-orbit satellites, which will provide seamless communications services worldwide. Globalstar is the only company that will be able to provide two or more signals to a user to ensure call completion. The continuous multiple satellite coverage and path diversity will enable Globalstar service anywhere in the world.
The Globalstar system is designed to provide affordable satellite-based digital voice services to a broad range of subscribers and users worldwide. Globalstar will meet the needs of cellular users and global travelers who roam outside of cellular coverage areas, as well as residents of under-served markets who will use Globalstar's fixed-site phones to satisfy their needs for basic telephony.
Globalstar, led by founding partner Loral Space&Communications, is a partnership of the world's leading telecommunications service providers and equipment manufacturers, including Alenia, China Telecom (HK), DACOM, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace, Elsacom (a Finmeccanica Company), Hyundai, Qualcomm Incorporated, TE.SA.M (a France Telecom/Alcatel company), Space Systems/Loral, and Vodafone AirTouch. For more information, visit Globalstar's web site at www.globalstar.com.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) 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 included in theS&PIndex and is a 1999 FORTUNE 500® company traded on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol QCOM.
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.