SAN DIEGO -- August 13, 2001-- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that Unicom Horizon Mobile Communications Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of China Unicom - the second largest wireless service provider in China with more than 30 million subscribers - has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Qualcomm, which indicates Unicom Horizon's plan to incorporate services, running on Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications platform, into its subscriber plans.
The BREW platform is a thin, standardized applications execution environment introduced by Qualcomm to allow rapid development of a wide variety of applications that users will be able to download from carrier networks over the air onto any BREW-enabled phone.
"We are pleased to work with Unicom Horizon. Their desire to adopt the BREW platform opens the door to innovative wireless services for its consumers," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, group president, Qualcomm Wireless and Internet Group. "We expect that our relationship with Unicom Horizon will allow subscribers to choose and download software applications that run on the BREW platform and give users the ability to personalize their handsets with the applications and services they find most useful. This will take Unicom Horizon's service far beyond just basic telephony."
Unicom Horizon plans to make BREW-enabled services available early next year, offering subscribers a selection of wireless applications including banking, weather and news services, gaming, chat and e-commerce, that they will be able to download and access quickly and easily over the air on their handsets.
"With Qualcomm's technology supporting Unicom Horizon's new wireless application offerings, our subscribers can access applications and services they never before considered," said Wang Ying Pei, chairman and general manager at Unicom Horizon. "We see our agreement with Qualcomm as a strong movement toward providing our subscribers with broad new ways to enjoy entertainment and services from their cell phones."
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 integrated circuits and system software; technology licensing; the BREW applications platform; Eudora® e-mail software; digital cinema systems; and satellite-based systems including portions of the Globalstar™ system and wireless fleet management systems, OmniTRACS® and OmniExpress™. Qualcomm owns patents that 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 100 telecommunications equipment manufacturers worldwide. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in theS&P500 Index and is a 2001 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 the extent to which any of the MOUs may result in binding definitive agreements or actual development of products, the extent and speed to which CDMA is deployed and the BREW platform is adopted, 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 24, 2000, and most recent Form 10-Q.