Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, announced that Bret Sewell, president of Qualcomm subsidiary SnapTrack, Inc., testified today before the U.S. Senate's Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation, Subcommittee on Communications. The hearing, "Enhanced 911 (E911) and Public Safety," explored the progress of a nationwide E911 system.
"Qualcomm is pleased that the deployment of its position location solution has begun so that over 100 million Americans who use wireless phones can, at long last, enjoy the added protection of the enhanced 911 service," Sewell said in his prepared testimony. "Qualcomm's position location technology, which gives the police and other public safety agencies the highest levels of accuracy (typically within 10 to 30 meters) to pinpoint the location of wireless callers to 911, has been extensively tested; is already deployed in Japan; and on October 1, Sprint PCS began selling phones containing Qualcomm's chips with this technology."
"Qualcomm's technology provides a level of precision in position location that exceeds the FCC's requirements, and does so for all major air interfaces," commented Jonas Neihardt, vice president of Federal Government Affairs at Qualcomm, on this testimony. "Therefore, we are pleased that the FCC's new E911 orders maintain the current E911 accuracy requirements, which are necessary for our nation's public safety personnel to save lives. We are also pleased that CDMA carriers have been granted nominal extensions of time to accommodate the delivery dates of their various suppliers."
Sewell's complete testimony is available at www.qualcomm.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 CDMA chipsets and system software; technology licensing; the Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (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 Company's ability to successfully design and have manufactured significant quantities of CDMA components on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which CDMA is deployed, 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.