SAN DIEGO -- April 29, 2003 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology and Midwest Wireless, a Minnesota-based wireless services provider, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement, enabling Midwest Wireless to offer its wireless phone service subscribers a host of new wireless applications based on Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW) platform. Midwest Wireless is migrating to CDMA2000 1X technology in its three-state network, which includes Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Midwest Wireless plans to make BREW-based products and services commercially available to its subscribers in the third quarter of 2003.
The deployment of the BREW solution on its new CDMA2000 1X network will give Midwest Wireless subscribers access to numerous useful and entertaining next-generation wireless applications, including games, news and weather information and business communications services.
"Having a solution so simple to implement presents a great advantage for regional carriers such as Midwest Wireless," said Dennis Miller, president and chief executive officer of Midwest Wireless. "The BREW solution gives us a turnkey, end-to-end system that requires less oversight and adjustment to our infrastructure, and will speed our time to market, allowing us to quickly bring new wireless services to our customers."
"We applaud the initiative taken by Midwest Wireless to bring next-generation services to their customers and are confident that they will experience the full promise of wireless data services offered by the BREW solution," said Peggy Johnson, president of Qualcomm Internet Services. "This agreement demonstrates the appeal and value of the BREW solution to wireless operators at the regional level, and we anticipate that Midwest Wireless' subscribers will enjoy the ability to personalize their phones with the applications they value."
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, China Unicom, VIVO (the joint venture between Telefónica Móviles and Portugal Telecom) in Brazil and Telstra in Australia, in commercializing BREW-based services. More than 50 BREW-enabled handset models have been offered to consumers worldwide and more than 40 device manufacturers have indicated their interest in the 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 application development and distribution, device configuration, and billing and payment.
With more than 290,000 customers, Minnesota-based Midwest Wireless is a leading regional provider of telecommunications services operating in 68 counties of Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. The company's wireless phone service offerings include ClearlyDigital and Realm. In addition, Midwest Wireless also offers a high-speed wireless Internet service, called ClearWave, in some areas.
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 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.