SAN DIEGO -- December 17, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, congratulates Telesp Celular and Telefónica Celular, two of the largest Brazilian mobile operators with a combined total of 13.5 million subscribers, on their third-generation (3G) CDMA2000 1X network expansions in the country's southeastern region.
Telesp Celular announced on Thursday, December 12, 2002, its new CDMA2000 1X network operations in the cities of Santo André, Sáo Bernardo, Sáo Caetano do Sul and Santos. There are also CDMA2000 1X networks being installed in Baixada Santista, Campinas, Jundiaí and Vale do Paraiba, in the state of Sáo Paulo and Curitiba, Parana.
More than 600 companies have adopted the high-speed wireless Internet service to improve their corporate productivity. This month Telesp Celular is also celebrating the one year anniversary of its CDMA2000 1X service in Sáo Paulo, the first commercial 3G network in Latin America.
"The demand for additional coverage, services and applications by our enterprise consumers is the leading reason for Telesp's expansions," said Gilson Rondinelli, president of Telesp Celular. "Our customers have generated approximately 100 gigabytes of data traffic per month, having increased our data revenue 400 percent in the last six months. The expansions will allow us to continue offering more enhanced data services in these regions, while solving our voice capacity needs for the next few years."
Additionally, Telefónica Celular launched its CDMA2000 1X mobile services in the main areas of Vila Velha, Cariacica, Serra and Vitoria, as well as the ocean coast of Vitoria and Vila Velha in the state of Espírito Santo. Telefónica Celular currently has 3G networks operating in the state of Rio de Janeiro, including airport areas, downtown, southern and western regions, Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Barra da Tijuca and Itanhanga.
"We will be able to provide high-speed mobile Internet services to thousands of Telefónica customers in Espírito Santo," said Paulo César Teixeira, executive vice president of Telefónica Celular. "Consumers can now have an enhanced wireless experience through the numerous features and applications that 3G offers such as e-mail, position-location services and gaming capabilities."
"Telesp Celular and Telefónica Celular's network expansions demonstrate the viability of CDMA2000 1X," said Jeff Jacobs, president of global development for Qualcomm. "Besides enabling these operators to deliver more value to their customers, including advanced voice and data services, and a wide range of devices and applications, CDMA2000 1X offers a compelling 3G business model that results in new revenue sources and increased average revenue per user and greater return on investment."
Since the introduction of CDMA2000 1X in October 2000, there have been 29 carrier launches in 14 countries worldwide. 3G services are already available through local carriers in other parts of Latin America such as Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. 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 and global commercial deployments, 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. 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, 2002, and most recent Form 10-Q.