SAN DIEGO -- August 1, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced it has become a sponsor member of the new global organization, the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), and has joined the OMA board of directors. The OMA delivers open standards for the mobile industry, helping to create interoperable services that work across countries, operators and mobile terminals, and are driven by users' needs. Qualcomm has joined the organization to show its support to the mobile community in this endeavor and to encourage further development and adoption of advanced wireless data applications and services.
"By extending our OMA presence with a position on the board of directors, we are demonstrating our commitment to important standards activities," said Anil Kripalani, senior vice president of global technology marketing, Qualcomm. "Qualcomm has consistently maintained an active presence in standards initiatives in the wireless space and will contribute actively with the same strategic focus in this new organization. Qualcomm is pleased to align with the many industry leaders that comprise OMA to drive the adoption of wireless data services worldwide."
Qualcomm has a long track record of promoting openness and standards critical to the success of wireless data. From the outset, its CDMA technology supported established Internet standards, such as TCP/IP. The Company has consistently worked in close coordination with standards bodies, beginning with the IS-95 standard, to ensure broad and open availability of the best wireless technology. Qualcomm intends to contribute to the OMA in order to foster the availability of robust and innovative wireless data applications that take advantage of such standards as MPEG-4, HTML/XML, HTTP, HTTPS, SSL, Bluetooth and GPS. The Company recognizes there is a need for comprehensive wireless data solutions that support the wide variety of devices that will continue to come into the market.
"Qualcomm's commitment to open standards and membership in the OMA is a welcome addition," said Jon Prial, vice president of business development, IBM Pervasive Computing Division and OMA board member. "Leveraging open standards will help accelerate the use of wireless technology by providing access to any data, from any location using any device."
The foundation for the Open Mobile Alliance was formed by the consolidation of the Open Mobile Architecture initiative and the WAP Forum. The Location Interoperability Forum (LIF), MMS Interoperability Group (MMS-IOP), SyncML Initiative Ltd. and Wireless Village initiative have also announced their intent to consolidate with the Open Mobile Alliance.
The Open Mobile Alliance will collect market requirements and define specifications designed to remove barriers to interoperability and accelerate the development and adoption of a variety of new, enhanced mobile information, communication and entertainment services and applications. The definition of these common specifications and the testing of interoperability will promote competition through innovation and differentiation, while ensuring the interoperability of mobile services across markets, terminals and operators, throughout the entire value chain.
The Open Mobile Alliance goal is to deliver open standards for the mobile industry, helping to create interoperable services that work across countries, operators and mobile terminals and are driven by users' needs. To expand the mobile market, companies supporting the Open Mobile Alliance will work to stimulate the fast and wide adoption of a variety of new, enhanced mobile information, communication and entertainment services. The Open Mobile Alliance includes all key elements of the wireless value chain, and contributes to the timely and efficient introduction of services and applications. For more information, please visit www.openmobilealliance.org
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. 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.