SAN DIEGO -- March 7, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and KDDI Corporation, Japan's second largest wireless service provider, today announced that the companies have signed a definitive agreement for the commercial launch of KDDI's BREW-enabled services. KDDI will begin providing handsets, pre-loaded with applications on Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) platform, this month. KDDI's introduction of BREW-enabled handsets demonstrates the company's focus on enhancing its existing data services and improving its customers' ability to choose, purchase and download a variety of compelling wireless applications.
"The ability for consumers to download applications and customize their handsets is one of the killer applications of wireless data," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, group president, Qualcomm Wireless&Internet Group. "KDDI's use of the BREW platform and gpsOne position location technology together will drive advanced location-based wireless services, and demonstrates KDDI's commitment to offering their customers unprecedented wireless products and services."
"We recently announced our cdmaOne subscriber base as having risen to 10 million," said Mr. Ikuyoshi Inoue, senior general manager, service and product planning division, "au" business sector, KDDI Corporation. "The commercial shipment of BREW handsets will usher in a new era of wireless services that exist primarily to bring ease, pleasure and functionality to our users."
KDDI will offer BREW-enabled applications on Panasonic C3003P handsets. The phones will be available to subscribers through most retail outlets and will have pre-installed BREW applications. Among the pre-loaded BREW applications are NAVITIME's Map Viewer, which uses Qualcomm's gpsOne™ position location technology to provide real-time location coordinates and mapped destination routes; and the K Laboratory "Kyara Komyu," short message service with 3D animation.
Qualcomm's BREW platform is a thin application execution environment that provides an open, standard platform for wireless devices. The BREW platform is part of a complete, end-to-end solution for wireless applications development, device configuration, application distribution, and billing and payment. The complete BREW solution includes the BREW SDK™ (Software Development Kit) for developers, the BREW applications platform and porting tools for device manufacturers, and the BREW Distribution System (BDS) that is controlled and managed by carriers enabling them to easily get applications from developers to market and coordinate the billing and payment process. Carriers' BREW-based services will enable consumers to customize their handsets by downloading applications over the air from a carrier's application download server. The BREW platform is a product of Qualcomm Internet Services (QIS), a division within the Qualcomm Wireless&Internet (QWI) Group of Qualcomm Incorporated.
Qualcomm's gpsOne solution, featuring SnapTrack™ technology, offers robust location availability under the most challenging conditions, whether in concrete-and-steel high-rises, convention centers, shopping malls or urban canyons. Using a hybrid approach that utilizes signals from both the GPS satellite constellation and from CDMA cell sites, the gpsOne solution enhances location services availability, accelerates the location determination process and provides industry-leading accuracy for callers, whether during emergency situations or while using GPS-enabled commercial applications.
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 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 and the BREW platform is adopted, the availability of commercially successful applications for the BREW platform, 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.