PARIS -- June 19, 2000 -- SnapTrack Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq:QCOM - news) and leader in wireless position location technology, today announced an international consortium of Global System for Mobile telecommunications (GSM) wireless carriers, handset suppliers, applications providers, infrastructure manufacturers and semiconductormanufacturers who are preparing to conduct an intensive evaluation of SnapTrack's breakthrough approach to wireless handset location technology.
France Telecom Mobiles is hosting the multi-country SnapTrack location technology trials, as it is interested in deploying wireless location services and technologies. The trials will demonstrate SnapTrack's functionality in a broad range of call environments and its ability to provide seamless cross-border network-to-network roaming for location services. Prototype GSM handsets will be used by SnapTrack GSM Test Group members to also test Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) services augmentation and gateway compatibility, and the efficient exchange of location information between system elements via Short Message Service (SMS).
"CMG Telecommunications' participation in the SnapTrack GSM Test Group field trials will allow us to gain valuable experience with wirelesslocation technologies and services," said Peter Maathuis, Vice President Global Sales&Marketing of CMG Telecommunications. "CMG's expertise in wireless infrastructure systems, including SMS and WAP, will be central to the STGTG's trials, which will demonstrate CMG's commitment to providing its carrier customers with a package of highly accurate WAP-enabled wireless location systems."
SnapTrack's Wireless Assisted Global Positioning System™ technology will enable a whole range of value-added location-based services for mobile subscribers and mobile internet users. Services include location-sensitive billing, mobile directory assistance, personal navigation, improved roadside assistance and enhanced vehicle fleet management. SnapTrack's responsiveness and accuracy will also enhance public safety for people placing emergency calls on their mobile phones.
"The Phase I GSM Test Group trials demonstrated SnapTrack's ability to provide the highly accurate location information needed for the deployment of cost-effective commercial location services in typical urban European centres -- for both pedestrian and in-vehicle services," said Steve Poizner, CEO of SnapTrack. "The Phase II trials are expected to not only demonstrate SnapTrack's compatibility with SMS, but also that SnapTrack's enhanced GPS handset-based system is the only approach that can provide seamless cross-border and inter-network location services roaming. This simply cannot be done with any location system that requires network equipment modifications.
The SnapTrack GSM Test Group Phase I trials in Madrid, Spain, successfully demonstrated near-commercial location services applications in the GSM environment, with callers typically pinpointed to within 5-20 meters. During the trials, mobile users were guided to featured points of interest and to hotels, ATMs, nightclubs and tourist attractions closest to their calling locations. Recent studies by Strategis Group indicate that the wireless location services market could generate as much as $20 to $30 billion per year in revenues for European carriers and vendors by 2005.
The SnapTrack GSM Test Group consortium, formed more than a year ago, collectively supports over 30 million subscribers. Publicly disclosed members include Vodafone AirTouch Communications PLC (UK and US), BellSouth Mobility DCS (US), BT Cellnet (UK), Esat Digifone (Ireland), France Telecom (France), Omnitel Pronto Italia (Italy), T-Mobil (Germany), Telecel (Portugal) and Telefonica (Spain), and applications developer SignalSoft (UK and US). Prototype handsets will be provided to the consortium for the field trials.
Infrastructure providers CMG Telecommunications (Holland), Nortel (France) and Siemens Information and Communication Networks (Germany) will participate in the trials, as will semiconductor manufacturers Texas Instruments and Motorola. Texas Instruments and Motorola have previously announced licensing agreements with SnapTrack.
About SnapTrack's Technology
SnapTrack's personal location technology fuses the intelligence and power of networks in the mobile environment with the accuracy and coverage of the Global Positioning System. SnapTrack's thin-client Wireless Assisted GPS system improves upon conventional GPS by combining information from GPS satellites and wireless networks to accurately and reliably pinpoint a wireless phone. While traditional GPS receivers may take several minutes to provide a location fix, SnapTrack's system generally locates callers within a few seconds. Callers are typically located to within 5-20 meters in a wide range of challenging call environments where normal GPS will not work, including inside houses and moving vehicles, under heavy foliage, and in downtown urban street canyons. SnapTrack's unique Location on Demand™ feature also ensures a caller's privacy, putting location information in the hands of the user, not the network.
SnapTrack's technology products permit the design of cellular phones, pagers, PDAs, and other wireless devices that operate in multiple GPSnavigation modes, allowing out-of-network location coverage and a variety of thin-client applications. SnapTrack's wireless location technology products require no additional cell sites or modifications to existing network equipment and are designed to have minimal impact on cost and handset form factor. Furthermore, SnapTrack's technology is air-interface neutral and is applicable in any two-way wireless system: cellular/PCS, satellite, or paging; 800/900 MHz or 1800/1900 MHz; GSM, CDMA, TDMA, PDC or 3G air interfaces.
France Telecom is one of the world's leading telecommunications carriers, with 1999 consolidated operating revenues of 27.2 billion euros and operations in more than 75 countries. France Telecom provides businesses, consumers and other carriers with a complete portfolio of solutions that spans local, long-distance and international telephony, data, wireless, multimedia, Internet, cable TV, broadcast and value-added services.
France Telecom has been listed on the New York Stock Exchanges and Paris Bourse since 1997. To cater to the needs of multinational customers, the Group invested in Global One, which is wholly owned by France Telecom since January 2000. With 1,400 points of presenceworldwide, Global One offers seamless international voice and data services to over 30,000 businesses.
CMG Telecommunications is the leading global supplier of messaging and Internet solutions for the wireless telecom industry. CMG develops high-end solutions in close co-operation with network operators. To date, more than 150 of these quality solutions have been delivered to over 75 operators worldwide. They are widely recognized to be the best around, combining minimum operator intervention with maximum performance and availability. The product portfolio includes the WAP Service Broker™, Mobile E-mail, Short Message Service Centre and the Cell Broadcast System. More information about CMG Telecommunications can be found on the Internet at www.cmgtelecom.com. CMG telecommunications is a division of CMG plc, a leading European IT services group, providing business information solutions around the world through consultancy, systems development, software applications and managed services. CMG was established in 1964 and nowadays employs around 9,000 employees. The Group is listed on the London and Amsterdam stock exchanges.
Headquartered in San Jose, California, USA, SnapTrack is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated and is focused on integrating GPS and two-way wireless technologies. SnapTrack's patented architecture offers anytime, anywhere, accurate, high-speed location of a wireless caller, even inside buildings where conventional GPS does not operate. SnapTrack has agreements with Denso, Intel, Loc8.net/Glenayre, Microsoft, Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo and Texas Instruments. SnapTrack's system has been commercially adopted by NTT DoCoMo, and is now on the market in Japan. For more information, please visit http://www.snaptrack.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 business areas include integrated CDMA chipsets and system software; technology licensing; Eudora® email software for Windows® and Macintosh® computing platforms; satellite-based systems including portions of the Globalstar™ system and wireless fleet management systems, OmniTRACS® and OmniExpress™. 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&P500Index and is a 2000 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® 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.
# # #
Qualcomm, OmniTRACS and Eudora are registered trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Globalstar is a trademark of Loral Qualcomm Satellite Services, Incorporated. Wireless Assisted Global Positioning System, Location on Demand, Multimode LocationSystem and SmartServer are trademarks of SnapTrack, Inc. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. Macintosh is a registered trademark of Apple Computer Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.