Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, congratulates Venezuelan operator Movilnet on the successful launch of wireless data services based on Qualcomm's BREW solution. Movilnet is a Cantv company and provider of products and services for voice, data, Internet access, cellular telephony and telephone directories. Movilnet's new BREW-based "3rd Generation Services" allow the company's 2.8 million wireless subscribers to browse and download a variety of applications - such as e-mail, entertainment, communication services, games and ringtones - on their wireless devices using the operator's third-generation (3G) CDMA2000® 1X network.
"The flexibility afforded by Qualcomm's BREW system is ideal for offering value-added services to our customers in a quick and cost-effective manner," said José María De Viana, president of Movilnet. "The launch of our 3rd Generation Services demonstrates our commitment to bringing the industry's best 3G wireless applications to our subscribers. With these exciting new products and services, such as real-time Internet Web cam and video services, we anticipate these services will be met with great enthusiasm from users throughout Venezuela."
Since the BREW system allows content developers to build applications in a variety of languages, including Spanish, Movilnet can offer products and services specifically designed for the Venezuelan market. "3rd Generation Services" subscribers can initially select from four different BREW-enabled handsets, Kyocera Slider, 3245 and 3225, and Motorola T-730 color phones, immediately available by Movilnet.
"As one of the first operators in South America to deploy a CDMA2000 1X network, and by bringing BREW-based services to Venezuela, Movilnet has set the bar for advanced 3G services in the region," said Marcelo Valdez, regional director of Americas, Qualcomm Internet Services. "Qualcomm is thrilled that Movilnet chose the BREW system to power 3rd Generation Services. We look forward to working closely with the Movilnet team and we are pleased with the new opportunities it creates for the growing community of global developers."
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 26 manufacturers have offered more than 135 BREW-enabled device models to consumers. Movilnet Venezuela joins many very successful operators 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, Hutchison Wireless CAT in Thailand, Telstra in Australia, VIVO in Brazil, BellSouth International, Telefonica Moviles in Peru, Movicom in Argentina, Verizon in the Dominican Republic, Verizon Wireless 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 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 solution is adopted and 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.