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 launch of BREW-based wireless services throughout six states across India.
Tata Teleservices' launch of BREW-based products and services will enable its mobile customers to use BREW phones to wirelessly download games, ring tones, communication, e-mail and business-focused applications, virtually anytime, or anywhere. The flexibility of the BREW solution also gives Tata Teleservices the ability to differentiate its service with multimedia messaging services (MMS), Web browsers and customized user interfaces (UI).
"Our customers demand a cost-efficient, high-speed wireless Internet experience and the advanced voice and data services enabled by the BREW solution allow us to easily exceed these expectations," said Amit Bose, president of telecom, Tata Teleservices. "By offering BREW applications and services to our extensive customer base, Tata Teleservices is increasing India's mobile penetration and further expanding wireless data to consumers around the world."
Tata Teleservices will offer BREW-based services to its wireless users in the six Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, New Delhi, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra. In the coming months, Tata Teleservices plans to extend its BREW-based offering to 12 additional circles: Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Kolkata, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh (East), Uttar Pradesh (West) and West Bengal. The first BREW-enabled handsets offered by Tata Teleservices are from Kyocera Wireless Corp. The operator has announced plans to offer four of Kyocera's BREW-enabled handsets, all featuring color screens for an enhanced end-user experience.
"The realm of possibilities among software developers and wireless subscribers will be greatly enhanced by Tata Teleservices' introduction of the BREW solution to India," said Peggy Johnson, president of Qualcomm Internet Services. "The flexibility and rapid time to market enabled by the BREW system is helping Tata Teleservices and the developer community in India remain on the leading edge of wireless data services."
"Kyocera Wireless has been a leader in supporting BREW since its inception, and we are proud to support Tata Teleservices as they bring this compelling technology to wireless consumers in India," said Tsuyoshi Mano, president of Kyocera Wireless Corp. "By making BREW-based applications and services easily accessible on our handsets offered through Tata, we hope to drive adoption rates and overall usage in this burgeoning wireless market."
Qualcomm's BREW solution provides products and services that connect the mobile marketplace value chain, which includes publishers, application developers, 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 140 BREW-enabled device models to consumers.
Tata Teleservices joins many successful operators that have deployed commercial BREW-based wireless data services, including Verizon Wireless, ALLTEL, Cellular One, MetroPCS, Midwest Wireless, NTELOS 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 Chile, BellSouth Colombia, BellSouth Ecuador, BellSouth Guatemala, BellSouth Nicaragua, BellSouth Panama, BellSouth Perú, Telefónica Móviles in Peru, Movicom in Argentina, Telcel and Movilnet in Venezuela, Verizon Dominican Republic, Verizon Wireless Puerto Rico, Pelephone in Israel and Zapp in Romania.
Tata Teleservices is India's leading private telecom service provider. The company offers integrated telecom solutions to its customers under the Tata Indicom brand, and uses the latest CDMA2000 1X technology for its wireless network. Currently operating in six states; New Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat; the company has a customer base of over 1.7 million, of which 1.43 million are CDMA wireless users. With a planned nationwide footprint across the country, Tata Teleservices has acquired licenses to operate in 12 additional 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 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.