CAMPBELL, Calif. and DALLAS, October 15, 2002 -- SnapTrack, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), and Alcatel (NYSE: ALA) today announced an agreement to incorporate SnapTrack's SnapSmart(tm) Assisted Global Positioning System (A-GPS) wireless location server software into Alcatel's Intelligent Networks products for location-enabling GSM networks. The dynamic flexibility of SnapSmart, combined with Alcatel's leading open architecture design, provides the GSM industry with an interface-neutral, dependable, private and easily integrated wireless location system and makes SnapTrack's A-GPS technology available to GSM carriers.
The companies will work together to integrate SnapTrack's SnapSmart A-GPS location server software into Alcatel's A-GPS Positioning Server for second-generation (2G) GSM networks, with a clear migration path to Serving Mobile Location Centers (SMLCs) for third-generation (3G). Alcatel's A-GPS Positioning Server product, when deployed with Alcatel's existing Gateway Mobile Location Center (GMLC) and with A-GPS-enabled handsets such as those using Qualcomm's MGP6200(tm) multimode A-GPS companion chip, will enable GSM operators to provide their wireless customers with the most advanced and efficient location-based mobile communication services on the market.
"Carriers are increasingly interested in staying ahead of the technology curve and deploying technology in a cost-effective way to take advantage of new revenue opportunities. IDC, a leading industry analyst firm, expects that carriers will appreciate the potential of this product alliance," said Richard Dean, program director for IDC's Wireless and Mobile Infrastructure Services research program. "Alcatel is increasing its efforts to develop a presence in another vertical category, this time in wireless location based services. SnapTrack's A-GPS software presents new possibilities for Alcatel to increase its product capabilities, while helping carrier customers achieve their own business objectives."
This partnership completes Alcatel's location-based services offerings. Designed as a forward-compatible solution for 2G and 3G networks, Alcatel's GMLC location server supports different positioning technologies: network centric Cell-ID technology with a precision between 500m and 2 km; terminal centric SIM-Toolkit technology, which is based on enhanced signal strength reach; and high accuracy A-GPS-based positioning technology. With the addition of SnapTrack's technology, Alcatel further enriches the precision location capabilities of wireless service providers - the same providers that acknowledge Alcatel's leadership in radio and Intelligent Networking calculation.
"We're very pleased to be teaming with Alcatel, a leader in Intelligent Networks products. This relationship fulfills a key component of our end-to-end wireless location offering for GSM and other asynchronous network operators," said Bret Sewell, president of SnapTrack. "When combined with Qualcomm's MGP6200 multimode A-GPS companion chip, Qualcomm'S A-GPS-enabled multimode MSM wireless modems, the products that result from this agreement, will enable a range of high-precision location-based services for wireless operators while providing a distinct advantage over their competition."
"High-precision location has strong potential to increase revenues from current location-based service offerings, as well as to expand the range of possible applications," said Mark Peterson, vice president of product management and marketing for Alcatel. "Operators will benefit from our reliable, standards-based high-precision wireless location solution."
Alcatel designs, develops and builds innovative and competitive communications networks, enabling operators, service providers and enterprises to deliver any type of content, such as voice, data and multimedia, to any type of consumer, anywhere in the world. Relying on its leading and comprehensive products and solutions portfolio, stretching from end-to-end optical infrastructures, fixed and mobile networks to broadband access, Alcatel's customers can focus on optimizing their service offerings and revenue streams. With sales of Euro 25 billion in 2001 and 99,000 employees, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries. For more information, www.alcatel.com
Headquartered in Campbell, California, SnapTrack pioneered Wireless Assisted GPS(tm) and owns patents that are fundamental to the cost-effective deployment of Wireless Assisted GPS-based location systems. SnapTrack's Hybrid Wireless Assisted GPS system enhances Qualcomm's gpsOne location solution and MSM position-enabled chipsets offer anytime, anywhere, accurate, high-speed location of a wireless caller, even inside buildings where conventional GPS does not operate. The Company's Wireless Assisted GPS products support standards-based implementations on synchronous and asynchronous networks and include the SnapSmart location server software system, the SnapCore™ multimode GPS solution and the SnapWARN™ GPS reference data feed service. For more information, please visit www.snaptrack.com.
About QualcommQualcomm 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, 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.
Qualcomm is a registered trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. gpsOne, MGP6200 and MSM are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Wireless Assisted Global Positioning System, SnapCore, SnapSmart and SnapWARN are trademarks of SnapTrack, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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