Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today congratulated Thai wireless operator Hutchison CAT Wireless Multimedia, Ltd. for its launch of new precision location-based services (LBS) enabled by the innovative combination of Qualcomm's gpsOne hybrid Assisted GPS wireless location solution and the BREW system. The gpsOne technology is the world's most broadly deployed Assisted-GPS location solution. More than 25 million wireless consumers around the world are being supported today by some 100 different gpsOne technology-enabled handset models, and more than 140 precision LBS applications.
Hutchison CAT's Navi service includes the BREW-based Navi Plus location applications suite, featuring the "Where RU" friend-finder service, and the "MyNearest" mobile yellow pages and direction finding service.
"This offering by Hutchison CAT is an exciting first, marking it as a 'location leader' with its debut launch of precision BREW and gpsOne-enabled consumer LBS in Southeast Asia," said Kamil Grajski, senior vice president and general manager of SnapTrack, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm. "Hutchison's combination of Qualcomm's gpsOne technology with the BREW platform provides it with a powerful LBS capability that we are confident will not only benefit its subscribers, but help provide it with a unique edge in the competitive Thai mobile communications market."
The Qualcomm gpsOne hybrid Assisted GPS location solution improves upon regular GPS, and provides industry leading all-terrain accuracy and performance by combining GPS satellite and CDMA network ranging data to locate mobile phones in both outdoor and indoor environments. While the cost-effective gpsOne solution is embedded in most Qualcomm CDMA chipsets for mobile devices, it supports both CDMA and non-CDMA wireless formats.
gpsOne technology provides the foundation for Qualcomm-enabled LBS for operators worldwide, and supports a variety of wireless applications based upon Qualcomm's BREW system. The BREW system offers unique advantages for LBS such as enabling dynamic, client-based map and GIS management, easy on-demand downloads, and added service flexibility for operators and consumers.
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 24 manufacturers have offered more than 115 BREW-enabled device models to consumers. Many very successful operators 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, BellSouth International in Perú, Movicom in Argentina, Telcel in Venezuela , Codetel in the Dominican Republic, Verizon Wireless International in Puerto Rico and Pelephone in Israel.
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 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.