Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the line-up of keynote speakers and business and technical track presenters for its BREW 2003 Developers Conference, to be held April 28-30 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. The conference provides a comprehensive forum where developers and industry partners can exchange ideas and expertise for the development and deployment of applications and services enabled by Qualcomm's BREW solution. An estimated 1,200 conference attendees from around the world will gather to attend valuable business and technical sessions, build and strengthen key relationships, and discover how 'BREW is Real' and generating revenue for developers, operators and handset manufacturers. For more details about the conference or to register, visit the BREW 2003 Developers Conference Web site at www.brew2003.com.
"BREW 2003 will provide developers, manufacturers and wireless service providers with the most compelling opportunities of the year for advancing BREW initiatives, business development and technical knowledge," said Peggy Johnson, president of Qualcomm Internet Services. "The BREW solution has experienced explosive growth on an international scale, and 2003 is already promising to be another tremendous year for BREW adoption on several continents - proving that BREW continues to be a valuable, money-making solution for all of the members of the wireless value chain."
The conference will include 25 technical and business sessions providing attendees the opportunity to network with BREW technical experts, industry luminaries and operator representatives. BREW 2003 keynote and general session speeches will feature Qualcomm executives and top executives from commercial BREW operators. Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of Qualcomm, will deliver the opening keynote speech on Tuesday, April 29. On Wednesday, April 30, Dr. James Canton, a renowned global futurist and author, will deliver a special keynote titled, "The Future of the Wireless Information Society."
Senior executives from commercial BREW operators, including Verizon Wireless, KDDI and the Joint Venture between Telefónica Móviles and Portugal Telecom, will discuss their experiences in deploying the BREW solution, the success of their BREW-enabled wireless services, and share their perspectives on how developers can benefit from the virtual marketplace for BREW applications. Confirmed speakers from these operators include Dr. Yasuhiko Ito, Executive Managing Officer, Solution Business Sector, KDDI; Luis Avelar, vice president of IT and Products and Services Engineering from the Joint Venture between Telefónica Móviles and Portugal Telecom; and Jim Straight, vice president of wireless data for Verizon Wireless.
The second annual BREW Developer Awards will be presented during the general session on Tuesday, April 29. The BREW Developer Awards will recognize the best BREW applications in six different categories that are shaping today's wireless applications landscape. The application award categories include Best Productivity Application, Best Entertainment Application, Best Game Application, Best Location-Based Service Application, Best Communications Application and Best Extension/Technology Application.
Developers will also have the opportunity to meet with and learn from fellow developers who will be showcasing live, engaging demonstrations of the latest innovations in BREW-enabled handsets and applications in the BREW Partner Pavilion. The BREW Partner Pavilion will once again feature a special BREW Engineering Support Lab staffed by Qualcomm engineers who will be dedicated to answering questions and providing technical assistance to BREW developers.
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. The Joint Venture between Telefónica Móviles and Portugal Telecom plans to roll out BREW services to subscribers in Latin America in March 2003. More than 40 BREW-enabled handset models have been offered to consumers worldwide and more than 40 device manufacturers have indicated their interest in the Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (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 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 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 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.