Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that it has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Delta Telecom, a cellular operator in the northwest region of Russia, regarding BREW-based services. Qualcomm's BREW system provides products and services that connect the mobile marketplace value chain, which includes application developers, publishers, content providers, device manufacturers, operators and consumers.
Qualcomm and Delta Telecom will work together to negotiate a binding agreement to allow Delta Telecom to make its new wireless data service commercially available no later than June 30, 2004 and to identify BREW-based applications and handsets compatible with Delta Telecom's CDMA2000 1X SKYLINK™ wireless network. SKYLINK, Delta Telcom's CDMA-based wireless network, was launched in December 2002. The BREW system enables rapid and high quality wireless data download services.
"Mobile data usage is expected to increase sharply in Russia over the next few years, and together Qualcomm and Delta Telecom can help drive the creation of compelling services for wireless subscribers," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, president of Qualcomm Wireless&Internet Group. "Qualcomm looks forward to working with Delta Telecom toward an agreement to provide them with a flexible solution that will enable them to take the next step in the evolution of its wireless services. We're also excited about the possibilities that this expansion into the Russian market creates for the worldwide community of BREW publishers, developers and device manufacturers."
"As Russia's first operator to commercialize new generation services, Delta Telecom prides itself on leading the way with the launch of innovative wireless services," said Gennady Golant, Delta's deputy CEO. "With Qualcomm's support and cooperation, we expect to become the first operator in Russia to launch useful and entertaining value added services, and we will continue to work jointly to promote advanced technologies for bringing new services to the market place faster and efficiently."
Publishers and developers worldwide are generating revenue from BREW-based applications and content, and 19 manufacturers have offered more than 90 BREW-enabled device models to consumers. BREW is successfully enabling the commercial wireless data services of many very successful operators, including Verizon Wireless, ALLTEL, Cellular One, Midwest Wireless and U.S. Cellular in the United States, China Unicom, KDDI in Japan, KTF in South Korea, Hutch in Thailand, Telstra in Australia, VIVO in Brazil, BellSouth International in Colombia and BellSouth International in Panama.
Delta Telecom is the first cellular operator in Russia. The company started its operations in 1991 with NMT-450 network. Following the leadership traditions, Delta launched the first Russian CDMA2000 network in 450-MHz band in December 2002. With headquarters in St. Petersburg, Delta Telecom possesses CDMA-450 licenses for St. Petersburg and major North-Western regions of Russia. The company offers its subscribers a combination of quality mobile services and attractive tariffs. For more information on Delta Telecom, visit its Web sites at www.skylink.spb.ru and www.deltatelecom.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 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 extent and speed to which the BREW platform 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 28, 2003, and most recent Form 10-Q.