WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- August 5, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, congratulates Telecom, New Zealand's largest wireless service provider, on the successful launch of its CDMA2000 1X network. Telecom New Zealand, which is leading the way as the first third-generation (3G) CDMA2000 1X wireless provider in Australasia, launched its CDMA2000 1X network, known as Mobile JetStream, to customers yesterday.
CDMA2000 1X supports the continuing growth of voice services, offering nearly double the voice capacity of cdmaOne™ systems, while simultaneously providing new high-speed data capabilities.
Telecom New Zealand is now able to offer customers mobile multimedia, wireless corporate data access, and a wide variety of colourful and innovative wireless devices. The company is set to launch a range of wireless devices to operate on the CDMA2000 1X network in the coming months.
"We are pleased to see Telecom New Zealand migrate from its existing cdmaOne system to CDMA2000 1X, which puts the company at the forefront of wireless communications in the region," said Marshall Towe, vice president and managing director of Southeast Asia, Qualcomm. "With 3G-enabled services, Telecom New Zealand can meet the increasing customer demand for next-generation features such as mobile, wireless Internet and high-speed data services."
"Telecom is committed to providing its customers with advanced telecommunications solutions," said Lorraine Witten, Telecom Mobile general manager. "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 has already been commercially deployed in Asia, North America and Latin America by more than 15 operators with more than 13 million reported subscribers worldwide. For more 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.