Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, congratulates Midwest Wireless, a Minnesota-based wireless service provider, on the successful commercial launch of BREW-based services across its CDMA2000 1X network. Midwest Wireless has deployed CDMA2000 1X technology in more than 90% of its operational area, with the remainder of its network expected to be CDMA2000 1X-enabled by the end of 2003.
Midwest Wireless subscribers in these areas will now have access to a growing catalog of valuable and entertaining applications, including games, ring tones, and useful information and communications services.
"With the launch of their BREW-based services, combined with a high-speed CDMA2000 1X network, Midwest Wireless has demonstrated its commitment as a leader in wireless data," said Peggy Johnson, president of Qualcomm Internet Services. "Midwest Wireless' seamless launch of BREW-enabled services in less than two months demonstrates the unparalleled time-to-market and business advantages of the BREW solution."
The LG VX4400 and Kyocera 3225 are the two initial BREW-enabled handsets being offered to Midwest Wireless subscribers. The first available BREW-based applications include games like Fury of the Hulk, Tom Clancy Rainbow Six and Tetris, as well as information and productivity applications such as MyCast Weather, iPhonebook and PeepsNation.
Midwest Wireless joins 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 70 BREW-enabled handset models have been offered to consumers worldwide by 15 different manufacturers.
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 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.