Press Release

Qualcomm Demonstrates Convergence Solution for GSM Networks

CANNES, France -- February 19, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today successfully demonstrated at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, GSM1x, a cost-effective technology evolution for Global System for Mobile (GSM) operators. GSM1x enables convergence of a GSM/GPRS core service network with CDMA2000 radio access. GSM operators can seamlessly integrate this new solution by leveraging their existing GSM/GPRS core network equipment while enhancing the data capabilities and spectral efficiency of their radio access with commercially available CDMA2000 1x infrastructure.

Using existing spectrum, GSM1x offers GSM operators increased voice and data capacity, supporting peak data speeds of up to 307 kbps in a 1.25 MHz channel. Common data throughput will be 70-90 kbps, 2-3 times the throughput of standard dial-up modems. This solution introduces a GSM1x Mobile Switching Node (MSN) to interface an existing and unmodified GSM core network with an unmodified CDMA2000 radio access network. GSM1x terminals utilize a standard GSM Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) and are subject to standard GSM authentication. As a result, operators will be able to offer global roaming and service transparency between CDMA2000 1x and GSM networks without compromising their current infrastructure.

"Combining the feature-rich services of the GSM core network with the spectral efficiency of a CDMA2000 radio network creates a powerful, cost-effective solution," said Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. "With the GSM1x solution, GSM operators can offer customers advanced voice and data capabilities while maintaining the key features and services already available on their GSM networks."

Qualcomm's GSM1x demonstration includes:

  • Mobile and network initiated GSM1x voice calls using GSM1x handsets over a GSM network with authentication of GSM SIM cards from roaming partners
  • GSM1x data calls using GSM authentication
  • Download and execution of selected applications over GSM1x using Qualcomm's BREW™ (Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™) platform

Qualcomm Incorporated ( 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 BREW applications platform; QChat push-to-talk technology; 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.


Qualcomm, OmniTRACS, OmniExpress and Eudora are registered trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. BREW is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Globalstar is a trademark of Loral Qualcomm Satellite Services, Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.