RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- April 16, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, congratulates Telefonica Celular on the commercial launch of its new CDMA2000 1X network. Telefonica Celular operates in 5 Brazilian states: Rio de Janeiro, Espirito Santo, Bahia, Sergipe and Rio Grande do Sul, with a total of 5.7 million customers in Brazil (Source: Telefonica Celular).
"Telefonica Celular's launch of CDMA2000 1X services enables them to offer wireless Internet access anywhere and at anytime," said Marco Aurélio Rodrigues, president of Qualcomm Brazil. "CDMA2000 1X will enable carriers to provide users a broader range of services, including advanced data capabilities that are faster and more efficient than currently available."
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. CDMA2000 1X was first introduced in South Korea in October 2000 and to date has approximately six million subscribers and has had over 13 carrier launches 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.