Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the appointment of Bill Davidson as vice president of carrier relations for Qualcomm Internet Services, a division of the Company's Wireless&Internet Group. In this role, Davidson will work closely with wireless service providers throughout the world to create new revenue opportunities based on Qualcomm's open, end-to-end Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) solution. He will lead a seasoned team of wireless industry business and technical professionals as they work closely with carriers to deploy BREW-based services. To date, Qualcomm has announced 17 carriers that have signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) indicating their interest in offering consumers wireless data services based on the BREW platform.
"Bill brings a wealth of wireless data insight and expertise to our team," said Peggy Johnson, president of Qualcomm Internet Services. "The depth of his involvement in the industry and first-hand knowledge of working with wireless service providers will help drive continued success in our efforts to enable carriers to deliver compelling applications and services to their customers worldwide."
Prior to joining Qualcomm, Davidson served as senior vice president of corporate affairs and carrier relations at Aether Systems, where he acted as a liaison between the company and wireless carriers, negotiated network carrier contracts and formed joint marketing agreements. Davidson's more than 16 years in the telecommunications industry also included valuable experience at Bell Atlantic Mobile, as vice president of wireless data sales and marketing. Davidson has also held positions at Bell Atlantic Network Services, GE Capital and New Jersey Bell.
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 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.