Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that it hosted more than 1,300 wireless industry professionals from 17 countries at its BREW 2002 Developers Conference in San Diego, June 3-5, 2002. The annual conference provided insight into Qualcomm's future plans for its Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless? (BREW) solution and affirmed BREW's position as the only complete solution for every aspect of wireless data application.
"The BREW 2002 Developers Conference gave Qualcomm an opportunity to draw industry leaders together to share in the vision and future of the BREW solution," said Peggy Johnson, president of Qualcomm Internet Services. "It also gave developers, handset manufacturers and wireless service providers an opportunity to showcase the contributions they are making that will continue to drive the BREW platform forward. The progress we have made in just a little more than a year is remarkable -- but not surprising considering the support we enjoy from leading carriers Verizon Wireless, KTF and KDDI."
Several important announcements were made at this year's conference, including:
- During his general session address, Verizon Wireless vice president and chief marketing officer John Stratton, announced his company would launch BREW services nationwide on June 17 and told developers "The future is now, let's seize it together!"
- U.S. carrier, ALLTEL, announced it has signed an agreement with Qualcomm to introduce a new wireless application service based on the BREW platform expected to begin in the third quarter of this year.
- Telesp Celular, Brazil's largest mobile phone carrier, announced a user trial enabled by the BREW solution.
- Insignia Solutions announced its Mobile Foundation? for BREW, which supports the complete Java? 2 Micro Edition (J2ME?) environment. Insignia demonstrated this solution on a handset at the conference.
- Sony Online Entertainment announced its plans to develop popular titles, Wheel of Fortune Online and Jeopardy Online, for wireless devices using the BREW platform.
- Qualcomm announced its plans to work with Oracle to extend Oracle 9i? Lite to deliver enterprise services wirelessly via the BREW platform.
- The Company also unveiled the 2.0 release of its BREW client software and BREW SDK? as well as the next version of the BREW Distribution System, BDS 2002.
In her opening remarks, Johnson greeted attendees, talked about major developments since BREW 2001 and held high a Verizon Wireless bill and said, "Last year, we told you BREW was a complete, truly end-to-end solution for developers -- that would take them from application development to getting paid for their applications. This year, I can stand here and show you a bill from Verizon Wireless where end users are being charged for application downloads -- and that means money in your pockets. It's not a question of whether to embrace BREW, but instead, how fast?"
In his keynote address, Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, group president of Qualcomm's Wireless&Internet Group, highlighted the importance of bringing the right network services, advanced mobile devices and compelling applications together to drive successful wireless data services. He pointed to the results that KTF of South Korea is enjoying with its BREW-based magic n multipack? service as an example of these factors working optimally together. Jacobs noted that KTF reported a 6X increase in data average rate per user (ARPU) in the first quarter of 2002.
Validating Qualcomm's focus on making the complete BREW solution open to the Java developer community, Kim Clohessy, vice president of Embedded Systems for Object Technology International (OTI), an IBM subsidiary, explained how the BREW environment is an excellent platform for developing and deploying Java applications. Clohessy concluded his rousing remarks by asking OTI BREW evangelist, Bill Russell, to join him on stage to demonstrate how easy it is to download and run a Java application on the BREW platform using IBM's WebSphere Micro Environment virtual machine which can be implemented as a BREW extension.Stewart Alsop, general partner, New Enterprise Associates, concluded his keynote address with these thoughts, "The reason BREW will win is because customers will like BREW." Adding, "BREW will end up being a significant factor in the future of 3G phones. BREW will equal the worldwide i-mode."
Two days of informative BREW business and technical sessions highlighted the success and future plans of KTF, KDDI of Japan and Verizon Wireless of the United States. Executives from JAMDAT Mobile, nGame Inc., Com2uS, Sony Online Entertainment and Disney Interactive participated in a panel discussion that highlighted the compelling business opportunities that the BREW platform enables for game developers. To access rebroadcasts of conference sessions visitwww.qualcomm.com/brew.
To recognize excellence among developers creating for the BREW platform, Qualcomm introduced its inaugural BREW Developer Awards. Recipients of the awards were honored at a ceremony during the BREWfest celebration. Awards were presented in the following categories:
- Mastering Technology Award - Rocket Mobile
- Most Innovative Award - Inetcam
- Best Use of BREW Award - Vindigo
- Best Content/Most Useful Award - AdaptiveInfo
- Best Use of Graphics/Audio Award - Com2uS
- KTF Carrier's Choice Award - GaeaSoft
- Verizon Wireless Carrier's Choice Award - JAMDAT Mobile
- KDDI Carrier's Choice Award - NAVITIME and K Laboratory
Qualcomm Internet Services also released its newest BREW white paper, "The Road to Profit is Paved with Data Revenue," at the conference. The paper, available at www.qualcomm.com, explains how the BREW platform provides the kick-start necessary to fuel mass-market adoption of wireless data applications and services. Strategic advice and research for this paper were provided by The Shosteck Group, an independent international telecommunications consultancy specializing in the wireless industry.
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 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, 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.