SAN DIEGO -- February 18, 2003 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that it will conduct the world's first GSM1x technology trial with China Unicom, the second largest wireless service provider in China. The trial will enable China Unicom's GSM subscribers to access the high-speed data services of China Unicom's CDMA2000 1X wireless network and accelerate the commercial availability of GSM/CDMA dual-mode handsets.
China Unicom has an installed base of over eight million CDMA users and 60 million GSM users. The GSM1x trial will illustrate the technical feasibility of GSM1x technology as an option to allow China Unicom's existing GSM subscribers to take advantage of the benefits of enhanced CDMA2000 1X services, while preserving the existing GSM service layer and SIM-based subscription.
To fully explore the capabilities of the technology and to prove the technical feasibility of deploying GSM1x in an existing GSM network, the trial will be conducted in several stages. The initial stage will demonstrate CDMA2000 1X data service with a GSM core network and provide an environment to perform testing of dual-mode GSM/CDMA2000 1X handsets. The following stage will have an expanded scope, including various roaming scenarios between CDMA and GSM networks.
"Qualcomm is working closely with China Unicom to evaluate the commercial opportunities of combining CDMA performance enhancements with existing GSM networks," said Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. "This trial is a significant step in the progression to the next generation of wireless services and demonstrates a cost and spectrum efficient means of providing current GSM subscribers with the benefits of CDMA2000 1X."
"This cooperation paves the way for bringing advanced CDMA2000 1X services to our GSM subscribers, while at the same time expediting the commercial availability of dual-mode handsets in China, a market with a significant amount of GSM subscribers," said Wang, Jian-Zhou, president of China Unicom. "We've enjoyed a successful working relationship with Qualcomm and expect the GSM1x trial to build on this."
The GSM1x trial is being conducted in the city of Suzhou in the Chinese province of Jiangsu and is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of calendar year 2003.
GSM1x is a CDMA2000 1X solution for GSM operators in any band, and combines the benefits of CDMA2000 1X and GSM-MAP. GSM1x takes full advantage of an operator's investment in its existing GSM-MAP network, maintaining all key features and services inherent in the system. GSM1x will increase an operator's voice and data capacity while enabling a cost effective overlay of CDMA2000 1X on a GSM network, using a SIM-enabled dual-mode GSM/CDMA handset, facilitating both GSM and CDMA global roaming. Additional information is available atwww.gsm1x.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.