SAN DIEGO -- Dec. 13, 1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology and Chinese service provider, Guangdong South Satellite Telecommunications Service Co., Ltd. (SST), today announced that contracts have been signed to provide the OmniTRACS mobile information management system to the two largest Chinese transportation companies, COSCO and Sinotrans. COSCO will use the system as part of its land transportation and to aid in the transport of equipment through China's inland waterways supporting the Three Gorge National Project. The OmniTRACS system will offer ubiquitous mobile communications and tracking to China's transportation industry, as well as provide integration capabilities enabling better management of freight and inventory to increase productivity and revenues.
"Qualcomm is delighted to have prestigious worldwide transportation companies such as COSCO and Sinotrans as the first Chinese OmniTRACS customers," stated George Mansho, vice president and general manager of international business for Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions. "Due to the geographic similarities between the Chinese and the North American transportation industries, Qualcomm is optimistic that the OmniTRACS mobile information management system will enjoy similar success over time in China as it has in North America."
"We are very enthusiastic about our relationships with China's largest freight transportation and logistics providers," stated Gu Cai Ming, general manager of SST. "We are very eager to show the advanced capabilities and benefits that OmniTRACS will bring to the Chinese transportation industry."
With more than 300,000 units sold worldwide, the OmniTRACS system is a satellite-based mobile communications and tracking system that provides real-time messaging and position reporting between fleets and their operations centers. Based on Qualcomm's CDMA technology, messages are sent, via satellite, through a Network Management Center to dispatch centers throughout the country. The OmniTRACS system is an interactive, fully integrated information management system that includes two-way mobile communications, satellite tracking and fleet management software.
Headquarter in Guangzhou, China, SST is a subsidiary of Guangdong Nanfang Communications Group Corporation and is under the jurisdiction of the Guangdong Post and Telecommunication Administration (GPTA). SST specializes in VSAT telecommunication services that support a wide range of applications in voice, data, facsimile and video transmission, as well as various network interfaces and protocols. The company operates a public satellite network and provides integrated VSAT services to both domestic and international customers. Nanfang has joint ventures with Ericsson for GSM infrastructure equipment, Nokia for GSM subscriber products and Siemens for fiber optic networks.
With over a decade of expertise in providing fleet management products and services to the transportation industry, Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions currently has systems operating in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Russia, Middle East, Latin America, China, Japan, Korea and Malaysia. Processing over five million data transactions a day, Qualcomm's Network Management Center is the worldwide leader in processing satellite-based messages.
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 business areas include CDMA phones; integrated CDMA chipsets and system software; technology licensing; Eudora® email software for Windows® and Macintosh® computing platforms; and satellite-based systems including OmniTRACS® and portions of the Globalstar™ system. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in theS&P500 Index 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 26, 1999, and most recent Form 10-Q.
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