BEIJING -- May 19, 2003 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, congratulates China Unicom (NYSE: CHU) on launching commercial BREW-enabled services in the Guangdong and Shanghai provinces. Unicom's subscribers in Guangdong and Shanghai 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 China Unicom's high-speed data network.
Unicom's newly launched CDMA2000 1X network, which doubles voice capacity and can support data transfer speeds up to 144 kbps, allows wireless subscribers to quickly and easily expand the game, entertainment, communications and business productivity of their handsets.
BREW-based services have been available on China Unicom's CDMA2000 1X network since the Shanghai trial began in January 2003. Subscribers have been enjoying the ability to personalize their mobile phones with an array of fun and useful applications developed for Qualcomm's BREW platform. The Kyocera KZ-820 and LGE CU8188 are two of the initial BREW-enabled handsets being offered to China Unicom's subscribers.
"Unicom 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 1X," said Jing Wang, senior vice president of Qualcomm and chairman of Qualcomm China. "This launch is an important milestone and exemplifies China Unicom's leadership in both engineering and marketing."
"Qualcomm will continue to work together with Unicom and its branches to generate a dynamic and prolific BREW developer community by hosting joint developer training sessions," continued Wang. "China is one of the world's fastest growing and important wireless market and these services will enable China Unicom to further differentiate itself from the competition."
On February 26, 2003, China Unicom and Qualcomm announced a joint venture, Unicom-BREW Telecommunication Technologies Ltd., established to foster the development of BREW-based CDMA wireless data applications and allow China's CDMA subscribers to experience outstanding leading-edge data services enabled by Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW) platform. China Unicom will brand their BREW-based services, "U-Magic."
Deployments of the BREW solution continue as operators throughout the world join Verizon Wireless, ALLTEL and U.S. Cellular 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.
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 and BREW are 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.