Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and Curitel Communications, a leading South Korean manufacturer of CDMA wireless phones, today announced plans to develop new handsets to support Qualcomm's BREWChat push-to-chat solution. BREWChat enables one-to-one and one-to-many communication between subscribers at the push of a button. BREWChat is commercially available today and is designed to seamlessly upgrade to and interoperate with QChat®. Curitel plans to make an array of push-to-chat-enabled handsets available to operators in various regions around the world, including handsets in multiple price tiers serving different market segments.
"As an early adopter of 3G technology, Curitel is one of the leading suppliers of advanced devices that feature technologies such as push-to-chat," said Michael Wallace, vice president of partner relations, Qualcomm Internet Services. "Qualcomm's BREWChat functionality will bring fast and efficient communications services to Curitel's wireless operators and help them meet the needs of subscribers as the technology becomes more widely adopted."
"Adding Qualcomm's BREWChat technology to our handsets will create a strong competitive advantage for us because our phones will now be able to offer wireless users access to this increasingly popular form of urgent communication," said Dong Hyun Kim, vice president of product planning, Curitel Communications. "We are looking forward to working with Qualcomm to port this technology to our handsets."
The BREWChat offering is the first commercially available version of Qualcomm's push-to-chat solution. The BREWChat solution carries the same features of its root technology, Qualcomm's QChat solution, but was specifically designed for CDMA2000® 1X Release 0 networks. The BREWChat offering enables operators to leverage their CDMA and BREW investments without having to upgrade their networks. The BREWChat solution offers exceptional call set-up performance and bandwidth savings to operators. Trials have been conducted and are currently planned around the world. The QChat offering, which will be commercially available on CDMA2000 1X Rev. A networks, offers faster performance capabilities.
The BREWChat technology uses standard voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) technologies to enable quick push-to-chat functionality on 3G CDMA wireless devices and networks. The BREWChat client software is written as an application for Qualcomm's BREW solution and offers dynamic, over-the-air upgrades of handset software, management of group membership by subscribers, and ad-hoc creation of chat groups.
Starting out its business in 1983, Curitel Communications Inc. became one of the first companies in the world to develop CDMA mobile phones in 1993 and began to export CDMA phones to the U.S. market. In 2001, Curitel became affiliated with Pantech Co. under the single leadership of Mr. B.Y. Park. With a surprising emergence in the domestic and overseas markets, Curitel is now traded on the Korea Stock Exchange. Its products are being recognized in the U.S. market through its business partners with over five million unit sales in North America. Curitel develops high-end, multi-featured mobile handsets, and it aims to be one of the world's top six mobile handset manufacturers with Pantech by producing 20 million handsets in 2004.
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 deployed and 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.