Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), a pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and France Telecom (NYSE: FTE), a world leading communications carrier and innovator through its research and development group, today announced that they have entered into a fee-bearing patent license agreement under France Telecom's Turbo Code Licensing Program. Under terms of the agreement France Telecom has granted Qualcomm a worldwide license to France Telecom's seminal Turbo Code patents for use in Qualcomm's third-generation (3G) chipsets, including those for CDMA2000 and WCDMA. Turbo Codes increase network noise tolerance which translates to a substantial increase in capacity for interference-limited systems, such as CDMA.
Invented by researchers Claude Berrou and Alain Glavieux of Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications (ENST) in Brittany, France, Turbo Codes have been adopted by both the third generation partnership program (3GPP) and 3GPP2 standards to enable higher network data capacity in CDMA systems. With increases in network capacity and power efficiencies close to the "Shannon limit," the theoretical limit predicted by mathematician Claude Shannon, Turbo Codes are a revolutionary form of forward error correction, one of the fundamental building blocks of any type of digital communication.
"We are pleased to license to such an innovative and market leading company as Qualcomm," said Frandois Jamet, director of intellectual property and licensing for France Telecom. "This agreement represents an important step in the development of France Telecom's Turbo Code Licensing Program and in our efforts to license all manufacturers of 3G related products."
France Telecom is one of the world's leading telecommunications carriers, with 114,9 million customers on the five continents (220 countries and territories) and consolidated operating revenues of 46,6 billion euro for 2002 (34,5 billion euro at September 30th, 2003). Through its major international brands, including Orange, Wanadoo, Equant and GlobeCast, France Telecom provides businesses, consumers and other carriers with a complete portfolio of solutions that spans local, long-distance and international telephony, wireless, Internet, multimedia, data, broadcast and cable TV services. France Telecom is the second-largest wireless operator and Internet access provider in Europe, and a world leader in telecommunications solutions for multinational corporations. France Telecom (NYSE: FTE) is listed on the Paris and New York stock exchanges.
France Télécom R&D, a research and development center, provides the innovation thrust for France Télécom and its subsidiaries, in France and abroad. Its role is to anticipate revolutions in technology and customer use, providing innovation to offer customers the best from telecommunications, simultaneously imagining today the technologies which will be part of their daily life tomorrow. France Télécom R&D's results have put the Group in the lead position in Europe in terms of telecommunications research and development.
France Telecom acting on behalf of Telediffusion de France (TDF), and Groupe des Ecoles des Telecommunications (GET), began the Turbo Code Licensing Program (TCLP) in late 2001, establishing a single licensing approach for virtually all digital communications applications that would benefit through the use of Turbo Codes. For more information on France Telecom's Turbo Code Licensing Program, visit http://www.turbocodes.info.
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 28, 2003, and most recent Form 10-Q.