Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, congratulates KDDI Corporation, Japan's second largest wireless operator, on the company's launch of its BREW download service. KDDI's enhanced wireless application service now gives subscribers the ability to personalize their mobile phones with an array of applications developed for Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW) platform.
"KDDI's dedication to deliver compelling and easy-to-use download services to both its subscribers and enterprise customers exemplifies the company's leadership in the wireless industry," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, group president, Qualcomm Wireless&Internet Group. "By deploying BREW-based services, KDDI strengthens its position in the market and demonstrates its commitment to quality data services."
"This is the next step in providing our subscribers with the most useful, entertaining and robust data services available," said Yasuhiko Ito, executive managing officer, operating officer, KDDI Solution Business Sector. "We anticipate that our new download service will have tremendous traction with our customers. This new service enables users to experience the latest in cutting-edge wireless data services and customize their devices with a variety of applications."
Applications will be offered on a subscription basis as well as per download for a fee. There will be a variety of price points and some applications will be offered free of charge. As part of the company's BREW-enabled handset line-up, KDDI will offer the Toshiba A5304T handset. The device line-up will also include four au Movie Keitai models with built-in cameras, bringing KDDI's offering of CDMA2000 1X-compatible handsets to 15 models.
Deployments of the BREW solution continue as operators throughout the world join KDDI, Verizon Wireless and ALLTEL in the United States and South Korea's KTF in commercializing BREW-based services. U.S. Cellular has launched a BREW user trial, and China Unicom announced its plans to launch BREW-based services in China. Thirty BREW-enabled handset models are already available to consumers worldwide, and 30 device manufacturers have indicated their interest in the BREW platform.
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 operators - enabling them to easily get applications from developers to market and coordinate the billing and payment process. Operators' BREW-based services will enable consumers to customize their handsets by downloading applications over the air from an operator'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. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 500 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, 2002, and most recent Form 10-Q.