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 Feb. 21 commercial launch of the operator's wireless applications service based on Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW) platform. KDDI's BREW-enabled applications service now gives subscribers the ability to personalize their handsets over the air with a wide variety of services, ranging from game and entertainment applications to business, productivity and location based applications.
"We anticipate that our BREW-enabled services will be highly successful and that BREW-enabled phones will eventually represent a large number of our annual handset sales," said Yasuhiko Ito, Ph.D, executive managing officer, operating officer, KDDI Solution Business Sector. "The BREW solution enables us to deliver a cutting-edge wireless experience ? providing our subscribers with the ability to download a variety of applications over the air and personalize their BREW-enabled phones."
"KDDI's leadership in the Japanese wireless data market is strengthened with the commercial launch of its BREW-enabled services, handsets and fast-growing catalog of applications," said Peggy Johnson, president, Qualcomm Internet Services. "KDDI's commitment to offer BREW-based services to both its subscribers and enterprise customers demonstrates the flexibility and technical capabilities of the BREW solution. We look forward to growing the BREW developer community in Japan and working with KDDI to provide its subscribers with a compelling, easy-to-use wireless applications service."
As part of the company's BREW-enabled handset line-up, KDDI will offer the Toshiba A5304T handset. Applications launched Feb. 21 include:
Team Factory (KDDI Corp)
Heart Mail (MEDIA SOCKET Inc)
Sakura Momoko World (Dentsu Kyushu Inc): Sakura Momoko World and KojiKoji
With Sword of Light (AD 2000 Limited)
Seiyo Toyo Sen-un Kan (Edia Co., LTD)
Asia Dennno Yugi (Edia Co., Ltd): Virtual Soccer, The Legend of Ninga; Maya and Number
The TableGames (BTD STUDIO Co., LTD): DX Casino, Hanahuda and Mahjong
Melody Park (MTI Ltd)
NAVITIME (NAVITIME JAPAN Co., Ltd)
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 and U.S. Cellular has launched a BREW user trial. 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.