NEW ORLEANS -- February 28, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that it is demonstrating Internet access and packet data capability via the Globalstar Satellite Communications System at CTIA Wireless 2000. After successfully completing numerous development tests of packet data for Globalstar, Qualcomm has announced that the service will be ready for commercial field trials late this summer, followed by a phased integration available to all Globalstar Service Providers. This service will allow users in virtually any populated area in the world to communicate with their corporate data networks and access the Internet, or to send and receive email messages.
Internet access may be accomplished by connecting a Qualcomm GSP-1600 mobile phone to a laptop computer to access email and transmit information from virtually any location at data rates of up to 9600 bits per second (bps).
"Qualcomm has been conducting packet data tests over the Globalstar network through its San Diego test facility for several months, and is now demonstrating this capability to the public," said Jerry Beckwith, president of Qualcomm Wireless Systems. "These tests confirm the reliability and responsiveness of Qualcomm's continued development efforts to offer solutions, so that Globalstar can offer both voice and data applications."
The power of the Internet combined with the Globalstar system and Qualcomm's products will deliver innovative solutions that will enable people to expand their business and add value to their products while managing their assets.
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 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. Qualcomm owns patents which are essential to all of the CDMA wireless telecommunications standards that have been adopted or proposed for adoption by standards-setting bodies worldwide. Qualcomm has licensed its essential CDMA patent portfolio to more than 75 telecommunications equipment manufacturers worldwide. 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.