Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology, and U.S. Cellular (AMEX: USM) announced they have signed a definitive agreement for the wireless service provider to deploy data services using Qualcomm's BREW solution. This decision follows U.S. Cellular's successful BREW trial in Knoxville, Tenn., and will enable the company to commercially launch BREW on its advanced CDMA 1XRTT (CDMA2000 1X) data network.
Under the agreement, U.S. Cellular will deploy BREW-based data services in Tennessee in May 2003, and will launch data services across its other CDMA 1XRTT (CDMA2000 1X) markets later this year. The BREW solution will enable customers to download wireless data applications including news, sports, weather, ring tones, e-mail and games to their wireless handsets.
"These exciting services will improve customer satisfaction by enabling subscribers to obtain information such as e-mail, location services, ring tones and games quickly and easily from their wireless phones," said Alan D. Ferber, vice president of marketing for U.S. Cellular. "We are excited to commercially launch services based on the BREW solution and are confident this new technology will improve our customer's quality of life by providing access to information, entertainment and communication in a simple, easy-to-use manner."
"Wireless service providers can leverage BREW-based services to generate revenue by offering appealing wireless applications to their customers," said Peggy Johnson, president of Qualcomm Internet Services. "Qualcomm is pleased to welcome U.S. Cellular to the community of wireless operators deploying data products and services based on the BREW solution."
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.
U.S. Cellular Corporation, the nation's eighth largest wireless service carrier, provides wireless service to more than 4.1 million customers in 149 markets throughout 25 states. The Chicago-based company operates on a customer satisfaction strategy, meeting customer's needs by providing a comprehensive range of wireless products and services, superior customer support and a high-quality network.
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 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.