SAN DIEGO -- January 23, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that it has signed royalty-bearing, commercial CDMA subscriber unit and infrastructure license agreements with 11 additional Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturers, making a total of 17 domestic Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturers that are now licensed by Qualcomm. Under the terms of the worldwide royalty-bearing license agreements, Qualcomm has granted these Chinese manufacturers licenses under Qualcomm's CDMA patent portfolio to develop, manufacture and sell cdmaOne™ and third-generation (3G) CDMA2000 1X/1xEV-DO subscriber unit and/or infrastructure equipment.
The new Chinese subscriber unit licensees are Beijing Telecommunications Equipment Factory (Capitel Group); CEC Telecom; Dalian Daxian Group Co., Ltd.; Datang Telecom Technology Co., Ltd.; Eastern Communications Co., Ltd.; Guangzhou Southern Hi-Tech Co., Ltd.; Konka Group Co., Ltd.; Langchao Electronic Information Industry Group; Ningbo Bird Co., Ltd.; and Xiamen Overseas Chinese Electronic Co., Ltd. Infrastructure licensees are Beijing Telecommunications Equipment Factory; Guangzhou Jinpeng Group Co., Ltd.; and Datang Telecom Technology Co., Ltd.
"With China Unicom's recent launch of CDMA nationwide services in China, these manufacturers are well-positioned to significantly contribute to the growth of the Chinese and worldwide CDMA markets," said Steve Altman, president of Qualcomm Technology Licensing. "The signing of commercial license agreements with Chinese domestic manufacturers will help build a strong CDMA manufacturing base in China. We look forward to working closely with each of these manufacturers to facilitate their rapid introduction of high-quality, high-speed and cost-effective CDMA products."
Qualcomm has previously announced subscriber unit and infrastructure license agreements with eight other Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturers. Previously announced domestic Chinese subscriber unit licensees are Haier Group Co., Ltd.; Hisense Group Co., Ltd.; TCL Holdings Co., Ltd.; and ZTE Corporation. Previously announced domestic Chinese infrastructure licensees are Eastern Communications Co., Ltd.; Great Dragon Information Technology Corporation Ltd.; Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.; and ZTE Corporation.
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 30, 2001, and most recent Form 10-Q.