SAN DIEGO -- May 14, 2003 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, congratulates Reliance Infocomm, a member of the Reliance group, India's largest business enterprise, on the commercial launch of Reliance IndiaMobile's, third-generation (3G) CDMA2000 1X services, which commenced on May 1, 2003. The Reliance IndiaMobile service marks the first CDMA2000 1X nationwide commercial launch in India, bringing advanced wireless data and voice services to 92 cities.
Reliance Infocomm's success in signing up over one million customers and achieving a record 30 million minutes of wireless usage per day demonstrates that the company is at the forefront of delivering advanced wireless communications services to India.
"We are very pleased that Reliance Infocomm has chosen CDMA as the foundation of its wireless strategy, and this launch marks an exciting beginning for advanced 3G wireless services in India," said Jeff Jacobs, president of global development for Qualcomm. "Reliance will ensure India's residents have access to the latest, high-quality, affordable voice and data wireless services. Reliance is positioned to be a key driver for the global 3G CDMA market."
"We believe that the combination of our large customer base, new and attractive customer benefits, a nationwide retail network and an overarching wireless network will set the stage for a mobile revolution in India through the Reliance IndiaMobile service," said Prakash Bajpai, president, Enterprise Division, Reliance Infocomm. "The deployment of high-quality voice, value-added and high-speed multimedia services will further advance India's leadership position and reputation for innovation in the worldwide wireless market. The mega national launch of Reliance India Mobile yielded rich dividends. Consumer tracking studies indicate excellent awareness and brand image within a remarkable short span of time."
Reliance Infocomm is packaging its services as Reliance IndiaMobile, offering a host of feature-rich applications, including messaging in Indian languages, e-mail, Internet surfing, access to real-time political, financial and sports-related news, games and streaming video at speeds of up to 144 kbps.
Reliance's launch follows the launch of 43 commercial 3G networks in 24 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. For further information on 3G, please visit www.3gtoday.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 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, 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.