Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, congratulates Tata Teleservices, one of India's premier private telecom service providers, on its deployment of push-to-chat services based on Qualcomm's BREWChat solution. Tata Teleservices is the first operator to launch the BREWChat service, which extends an easy one-button connection capability to a mobile phone and provides a long-term technology solution for urgent, time-sensitive communication services. The BREWChat-based service is initially being introduced across Tata Teleservices' existing eight circles of operation, with plans to be extended across 20 circles.
"The distinction of being the first wireless operator to introduce BREWChat-based, push-to-chat services underscores Tata Teleservices' commitment to constantly enriching its customers' wireless experience," said Peggy Johnson president of Qualcomm Internet Services. "Push-to-chat has been the hot topic in the industry, and by deploying the BREWChat service, Tata is demonstrating that it is an operator with a finger on the pulse of what's driving wireless success."
"Offering a BREWChat-powered push-to-chat service to our subscriber base allows us to greatly augment our wireless service offering while distinguishing us from the competition," said Amit Bose, president of Telecom, Tata Teleservices. "Our work with Qualcomm has opened the door to new revenue opportunities for us, and has greatly diversified the line of 3G products available to our customers."
Built on QChat® technology, the BREWChat solution enables person-to-person and person-to-group communication between subscribers at the push of a button. The BREWChat solution carries the same features of its root QChat technology, but was specifically designed for CDMA2000® 1X Release 0 networks, and is upgradeable to CDMA2000 1xEV-DO. The BREWChat solution offers Tata Teleservices rapid call set-up performance, bandwidth savings and is being designed to seamlessly upgrade to and interoperate with the QChat service, which operates on CDMA2000 1X Rev. A networks and provides even faster performance capabilities.
The BREWChat solution enables 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 BREWChat handset software, management of group membership by subscribers and ad-hoc creation of chat groups.
Tata Teleservices is one of India's premier private telecom service providers. The company offers integrated telecom solutions to its customers under the Tata Indicom brand, and uses 3G CDMA2000 1X technology for its wireless network. Currently operating in eight circles i.e. Andhra Pradesh, Chennai, Gujarat, Karnataka, New Delhi, Maharashtra, Mumbai and Tamil Nadu, the company has a customer base of over 1.7 million. With a planned nationwide footprint across the country, Tata Teleservices has acquired licenses to operate in 12 more circles, which include Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Kolkata, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh (East), Uttar Pradesh (West) and West Bengal.
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, the risk that no definitive agreement is entered into between Qualcomm and Tata Teleservices with respect to the implementation of the BREWChat solution to offer push-to-chat services, 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.