Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, congratulates the joint venture between cellular operators Telefónica Móviles and Portugal Telecom on launching the first commercial BREW-enabled services in Latin America. The joint venture's subscribers will now be able to download applications and services over the air virtually anytime, anywhere, using Qualcomm's solution on BREW-enabled handsets combined with the joint venture's high-speed data network.
The joint venture's CDMA2000 1X network, which doubles voice capacity and can support data transfer speeds up to 144 kbps, allows Brazilian wireless subscribers to expand the game, entertainment, communications, productivity and business functionality of their handsets. At launch, the joint venture will offer a variety of applications such as e-mail, photo album, ring tones, wall paper, restaurant guide and games.
"We have chosen to offer BREW-enabled services and applications because Brazilian wireless customers demand quality and variety delivered through a proven, high-performance platform," said Luis Avelar, vice president of IT and Products and Services Engineering for the joint venture between Telefónica Móviles and Portugal Telecom. "The joint venture has a compelling advantage over its GSM and TDMA competitors by being the first to enrich the experience of the Brazilian mobile market with BREW-based services."
"The Telefónica Móviles and Portugal Telecom joint venture is extending its ability to rapidly bring to market the most innovative wireless data services by combining the most compelling applications platform, BREW, with the most data capable wireless technology, CDMA2000," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, president of Qualcomm Wireless&Internet Group. "Their launch of BREW will not only bring the hottest new wireless applications to their subscribers, but will enable Latin American developers to join the fast growing worldwide community that is making real money today through BREW."
Deployments of the BREW solution continue as the joint venture between Telefónica Móviles and Portugal Telecom joins operators throughout the world, including Verizon Wireless and ALLTEL in the United States, KTF in South Korea, KDDI in Japan and China Unicom in commercializing BREW-based services. U.S. Cellular has launched a BREW user trial. 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 solution is a complete product and business system for the development and over-the-air deployment of data services on wireless devices. The BREW solution provides the necessary tools and value-added services to developers, device manufacturers and wireless operators for applications development and distribution, device configuration and billing and payment.
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.