BEIJING -- April 1, 2003 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, congratulates China Unicom (NYSE: CHU) on the carrier's successful launch of its CDMA2000 1X nationwide network on March 28, 2003.
"We congratulate China Unicom on the formal launch of CDMA2000 1X and for upgrading its network in record time," said Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. "With CDMA2000 1X, China Unicom can offer its customers cost-effective, advanced voice and data wireless services, delivered by a wide range of feature-rich devices and applications. We look forward to an exciting year of CDMA development in China."
"It is Qualcomm's belief that China Unicom's launch of CDMA2000 1X, coupled with the advantages of BREW and gpsOne, will bring China Unicom even greater success and enable them to grow their subscriber base significantly," said Jing Wang, senior vice president of Qualcomm and chairman of Qualcomm China. "We look forward to working with China Unicom to enhance our relationship and continue our cooperation on GSM1x, new data services and next-generation technology."
Unicom's launch of CDMA2000 1X follows commercial deployments by 39 operators in 21 countries across Asia Pacific, Australia, Eastern Europe and the Americas. CDMA2000 1X operators are experiencing increased average revenue per user (ARPU) in data-related services, support from an expanded base of device manufacturers and myriad applications from an increasing number of content developers. Qualcomm supports CDMA2000 1X with chipsets and system software solutions.
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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 is a 2003 FORTUNE 500® company 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.