Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced several landmark demonstrations at 3GSM World Congress 2003, including applications based on Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW) client running on a GSM/GPRS handset and on a UMTS device, and Java® technology applications running on the BREW client on a UMTS device. These demonstrations validate BREW as an air-interface-independent solution that provides value-added products and services to operators, developers and handset manufacturers worldwide. BREW is a complete end-to-end wireless data solution that solves billing and payment issues for operators and developers, and provides consumers with the ability to download applications over the air.
The BREW solution is breaking new ground in Europe with the first demonstrations of BREW-based applications on a GSM/GPRS handset, the Maxon MX7830, which uses TTPCom's GSM/GPRS protocol stack. Several European developers are also making significant BREW announcements at 3GSM World Congress, including Anthropics, Interzen and magic4. (See related press releases.)
"BREW is independent of underlying network technology and today's demonstrations highlight to operators that BREW is capable of delivering applications for GSM/GPRS and UMTS network technologies," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, group president, Qualcomm Wireless & Internet Group. "We will continue to partner with operators and handset manufacturers around the world to deploy BREW-based data application services - offering a powerful wireless applications experience for consumers and a complete revenue-generating and billing solution for operators and developers."
These milestones, highlighted at 3GSM World Congress 2003, are indicative of Qualcomm's commitment to offering BREW as a complete solution for all wireless technologies and for all network operators, device manufacturers and developers - anywhere worldwide:
- Demonstrating BREW-based applications on a GSM/GPRS handset
- Demonstrating BREW-based applications on a UMTS device
- Demonstrating Java-technology applications running in a J2ME™ CLDC MIDP-compliant virtual machine written as an extension to BREW on a UMTS device
Further, Qualcomm opened a BREW Developer Lab in the United Kingdom in November 2002 to support the efforts of European application developers as they write applications for the BREW platform.
Live demonstrations of BREW-based applications and Java technology-based applications on the BREW client on GSM/GPRS and UMTS devices can be viewed in Qualcomm's booth #B35 in Hall 1, at 3GSM World Congress 2003, Feb. 18-21. For more information about the European developer lab, please visit www.brewlab-europe.com.
Deployments of the BREW solution continue as operators throughout the world join Verizon Wireless and ALLTEL in the United States, KTF in South Korea, KDDI in Japan and China Unicom in commercializing BREW-based services. Brasilcel, a joint venture between Spain's Telefonica Moviles and Portugal Telecom, plans to roll out BREW services to subscribers in Latin America in March 2003. More than 40 BREW-enabled handset models are already available to consumers worldwide and more than 40 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 carriers ? enabling them to easily get applications from developers to market and coordinate the billing and payment process. Carriers' BREW-based services will enable consumers to customize their handsets by downloading applications over the air from a carrier'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 solution 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.