SAN DIEGO -- December 4, 2003 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, congratulates CODETEL, a Verizon company and the largest operator in the Dominican Republic, on its commercial launch of third-generation (3G) CDMA2000® 1X services and the first commercial launch of BREW-based products and services in the Dominican Republic. CODETEL's new Uno de CodetelTM service is based on Qualcomm's BREW system and enables wireless subscribers in the Dominican Republic to download useful and entertaining applications and content such as games, ring tones, location-based services and business applications wirelessly to their mobile phones over CODETEL's CDMA2000 1X network.
"CODETEL's new CDMA2000 1X network allows its consumers to benefit from higher data rates, and high-quality voice and BREW-based wireless data services," said Jeff Jacobs, president of global development for Qualcomm. "We truly believe that our technology enriches the wireless experience for subscribers and creates new business opportunities for operators, device manufacturers and infrastructure providers. It is exciting to see CDMA2000 1X and BREW deployments occuring worldwide, specifically in Latin America and the Caribbean, where operators like CODETEL are demonstrating leadership in the industry."
In addition to an expansive catalog of applications to choose from, subscribers can select from three different BREW-enabled Uno de Codetel handsets, including the Motorola T720, Kyocera Slider and Kyocera 3225 phones.
"The powerful combination of CDMA2000 1X technology and the BREW system gives us the opportunity to offer our customer base in the Dominican Republic the most advanced wireless data service offering available," said Benigno Gonzalez, vice president of marketing for CODETEL. "Through our relationship with Qualcomm, CODETEL is fast becoming the leader in wireless service offerings in Latin America and the Caribbean. BREW was not only the best choice, but the obvious choice for meeting our needs and deploying the Uno de Codetel service to our customers."
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.
Publishers and developers worldwide are generating revenue from BREW-based applications and content, and 21 manufacturers have offered more than 100 BREW-enabled device models to consumers. CODETEL in the Dominican Republic joins many very successful operators around the world that have deployed commercial BREW-based wireless data services, including Verizon Wireless, ALLTEL, Cellular One, MetroPCS, 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 Chile, BellSouth International in Colombia, BellSouth International in Ecuador, BellSouth International in Panama and Pelephone in Israel.
Since the introduction of CDMA2000 1X in October 2000, there have been 58 carrier launches in 29 countries worldwide. Qualcomm supports CDMA2000 1X with chipsets and system software that offer a variety of advanced features, including multimedia and position location. For examples of 3G devices, services and applications, please visit www.3gtoday.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 theS&P500 Index and is a 2003 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.