SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- April 5, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, congratulates Centennial de Puerto Rico (CPR), a full-service telecommunications provider, on its commercial launch of third-generation (3G) services, based on CDMA2000 1X. Centennial de Puerto Rico commenced 3G services at a launch ceremony held yesterday in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
"We are pleased to see Centennial de Puerto Rico migrate from its existing cdmaOne system to CDMA2000 1X, which puts them at the forefront of wireless communications in the region," said Hector Salgado, senior director of business development for Qualcomm. "With 3G services, Centennial de Puerto Rico will be able to address the increasing customer demand for next-generation features such as mobile, wireless Internet and high-speed data services."
"Ever since we deployed Puerto Rico's first wireless CDMA network, we have been committed to continually providing our customers with advanced telecommunications solutions," said Carlos Bofill, chief executive officer of Centennial de Puerto Rico. "The flexibility of the CDMA network provides us with an easy and cost-effective way to deliver benefits such as longer standby times, peak data rates of up to 153 kbps and affordable upgrade paths to our customers."
CDMA2000 1X provides nearly double the voice capacity of cdmaOne™ systems and helps meet the continuous growth needs of voice services, while simultaneously providing new wireless Internet services. Since the introduction of CDMA2000 1X in October 2000, there have been 13 carrier launches with more than six million subscribers worldwide. Qualcomm supports CDMA2000 1X with chipsets and system software that offer a variety of advanced features, including multimedia and position location technologies. For further information on 3G, please visit www.3gtoday.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; 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 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.