Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and Reliance Infocomm Limited, a company promoted by Reliance Industries Limited, India's largest private-sector enterprise, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to launch a wireless data service based on Qualcomm's BREW solution. The agreement will enable subscribers of Reliance Infocomm's CDMA2000 1X service to be the first wireless users in India to download BREW-based applications over the air - allowing them to personalize their mobile phones virtually anytime, anywhere.
Reliance is joining the rising number of operators worldwide offering services based on Qualcomm's BREW solution. The BREW solution provides Reliance with a complete wireless data system that supports all programming languages and operating systems, and enables the operator to provide enhanced, value-added services to its subscribers. By selecting the BREW solution, Reliance also gains a worldwide developer community, lead by a strong local base of wireless developers in India sure to take full advantage of the flexibility the BREW platform offers.
"We look forward to giving our customers exciting applications that will make optimal use of the speed and capacity of our CDMA2000 1X network," said Manoj Modi, director of Reliance Infocomm. "The BREW solution is a tremendous business and technical system that fits perfectly with our business needs and will continue to demonstrate our leadership in the wireless space."
"We are proud that Reliance will be the first operator in India to provide its customers with an easy way to access compelling wireless applications," said Peggy Johnson, president, Qualcomm Internet Services. "The launch of BREW in India opens another major region of the world, with a rapidly growing wireless market, for developers to target their applications. India is well known for its software development community and this expansion of the worldwide wireless application marketplace, enabled by BREW, will benefit developers and consumers within India and worldwide."
Details of the agreement between Qualcomm and Reliance Infocomm were not disclosed.
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. Among the many benefits of the BREW platform for developers are its unique extension management capabilities allowing developers to dynamically add new capabilities to the BREW platform, without requiring a lengthy standards process.
Reliance Industries Limited is India's largest private sector company on all major financial parameters with gross turnover of Rs 65,061 crore (US$ 13.7 billion), cash profit of Rs 7,565 crore (US$ 1.6 billion), net profit of Rs 4,104 crore (US$ 864 million), net worth of Rs 30,327 crore (US$ 6.4 billion) and total assets of Rs 63,737 crore (US$ 13.4 billion).
Reliance was named in the World's Most Respected Companies list published by Financial Times based on a global survey and research conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Reliance also emerged as the most respected among Indian companies and among the 10 most respected energy and chemical companies in the world.
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 the BREW solution 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.