New Orleans, Dallas and Campbell, Calif. -- March 18, 2003 -- Marconi (MONI), through its Wireless Business Unit, and SnapTrack®, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) and pioneer of Assisted Global Positioning System (A-GPS) location systems, announced today an agreement to cooperate in the development of an enhancement to Marconi's Planet EV tool, the next-generation version of its leading network planning and optimization product family. The two companies are cooperating to empower Planet EV with its newest module, the Base Station Almanac (BSA) Planner. The module will improve the accuracy and efficiency of the deployment and maintenance processes for Qualcomm's gpsOne™ hybrid A-GPS location systems for mobile phones and other wireless devices and optimize overall performance and accuracy of the gpsOne system, the world's most widely deployed precision location technology for mobile handsets.
The rapidly expanding location services market includes personal navigation and mobile directory assistance services, sales force management, corporate asset tracking and coordination, "friend finder" and child or pet tracking services, location sensitive billing, location-enabled entertainment, and enhanced fleet management. Location services will enhance public safety for people placing emergency calls on their cellular phones by helping emergency officials rapidly and precisely respond to a crisis or call for help.
"We are very pleased to be working with Marconi to provide this powerful BSA generation capability to the wireless community," said Dr. Kamil Grajski, general manager of SnapTrack. "This tool will allow carriers to more quickly and efficiently create and maintain accurate BSAs, and ultimately deliver optimized location performance to their customers for E911 emergency location calls and for location-based services."
The BSA Planner solution will automatically generate an initial Base Station Almanac, and will provide maintenance and updates of the BSA by incorporating data and information from Planet EV and other carrier network planning and maintenance tools and resources. Using Planet EV, operators will also be able to obtain real-time performance information from Mobile Switching Centers (MSCs), which helps synchronize the BSA with actual network configuration information as it changes from day-to-day. In addition, the new tool will help improve the hybrid aspects of gpsOne performance by providing accurate, up-to-date network configuration, base station geometry and RF environment information to SnapTrack's SnapSmart™ Position Determination Equipment (PDE), when calculating a mobile's position.
"This key enhancement to our planning and optimization portfolio is a critical component in providing a complete and effective network solution in the E911 and LBS space," said Chip Wagner, head of Marconi's Wireless Business Unit. "Furthermore, it demonstrates the flexibility and openness of Planet EV's architecture for the integration of other industry products and data that complement and augment our solutions. We are very pleased to be able to deliver a tool that will improve crucial service performance, while cost-effectively opening the door to additional revenue opportunities."
With over 10 million gpsOne-enabled mobile phones sold to date, Qualcomm's gpsOne solution (featuring SnapTrack technology) offers robust location data availability under the most challenging conditions, whether in concrete-and-steel high-rises, convention centers, shopping malls or urban canyons. Using a hybrid Assisted-GPS approach that utilizes signals from both the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite constellation and CDMA cell sites, the gpsOne solution enhances location services availability, expands terrain coverage, accelerates the location determination process, and provides better accuracy for callers, whether during emergency situations or while using GPS-enabled commercial applications. gpsOne protects privacy with its built-in Location at Hand™ feature, allowing users to control their location information in most commercial implementations. gpsOne is supported for IS-95/CDMA2000 and GSM/GPRS/UMTS.
About Planet EV
Planet EV is Marconi's next generation of planning and optimization software solutions. It builds on Marconi's proven heritage of delivering innovative RF planning tools, such as the Planet DMS software product, which operators worldwide use to plan and optimize their wireless networks. Feature-rich and fully scalable, Planet EV provides a powerful new suite of RF planning and optimization capabilities, including advanced network modeling and support for enterprise application integration, in addition to tools for greatly increasing the overall efficiency of wireless networks while maintaining quality of service (QoS). It also enables the integration of industry partner applications and customer in-house tools and data, and provides a future-proof, PC-based architecture for rapid and custom feature development, as well as a smooth migration path onto a single, extensible software platform.
About Marconi plc
Marconi plc is a global telecommunications equipment and solutions company headquartered in London. The company's core business is the provision of innovative and reliable optical networks, broadband routing and switching and broadband access technologies and services. The company's customer base includes many of the world's largest telecommunications operators. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol MONI.
Headquartered in Campbell, California, SnapTrack pioneered Wireless Assisted GPS™ and owns patents that are fundamental to the cost-effective deployment of Wireless Assisted GPS-based location systems. SnapTrack's Hybrid Wireless Assisted GPS system enhances Qualcomm's gpsOne location solution and MSM position-enabled chipsets offer anytime, anywhere, accurate, high-speed location of a wireless caller, even inside buildings where conventional GPS does not operate. The Company's Wireless Assisted GPS products support standards-based implementations on synchronous and asynchronous networks and include the SnapSmart location server software system, the SnapCore™ multimode GPS solution and the SnapWARN™ GPS reference data feed service. For more information, please visit www.snaptrack.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.
This press release contains forward-looking statements with respect to products, partners, customers, future growth and other matters. Please refer to the Form 20-F report and Form 6-K reports filed by Marconi plc with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission for a discussion of risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including Qualcomm'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 Qualcomm serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in Qualcomm's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2002, and most recent Form 10-Q.