Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and VIVO, the largest mobile carrier in the Southern Hemisphere, today announced that VIVO's wireless subscribers have securely downloaded more than one million BREW-based applications since the carrier officially introduced BREW-enabled services in March 2003. This achievement marks ongoing momentum for Qualcomm's BREW system within Brazil's rapidly expanding wireless industry.
Currently, VIVO has sold more than 300,000 BREW-enabled handsets, with more than 13 different models of BREW-based handsets now available to VIVO's subscribers. VIVO's wireless subscribers can now choose from among nearly 160 high-quality commercial applications available for download. Operators, publishers, developers and device manufacturers in Brazil continue to realize growing revenues for wireless applications and services based on the BREW solution.
"We are very excited about this important VIVO wireless data services milestone. We feel that achieving one million BREW downloads in just one year cements VIVO's reputation as a force of innovation in the Brazilian wireless market," said Luis Avelar, vice president of marketing and innovation at VIVO. "The VIVO Download service, based on the BREW solution, is a key element of our service offering, and we look forward to continuing to work with Qualcomm and the developer community in Brazil and beyond to provide high-quality applications and services to our subscribers."
"VIVO's achievement of one million downloads in one year of service is a credit to their spirit of innovation, and to the leadership role they've forged in the highly competitive Brazilian wireless market," said Peggy Johnson, president of Qualcomm Internet Services. "This is a result of VIVO's hard work in leading joint efforts with Qualcomm across the mobile marketplace value chain in Brazil, assembling a top notch team of OEMs, manufacturers, publishers, developers and content providers."
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 135 BREW-enabled device models to consumers. In addition to VIVO, many successful operators 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, 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.
VIVO, a company controlled by the Portugal Telecom and Telefonica Móviles groups, is the largest mobile-telephone operating company in the Southern Hemisphere, with more than 20 million customers and a 46% market share in Brazil. It is currently active in 20 Brazilian states, representing 86% of the geographic area of the country and 85% of the GDP (gross domestic product). VIVO's technological choice is CDMA, which is the third-generation foundation for cellular telephony throughout the world.
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 companies serve, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Qualcomm's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 28, 2003, and most recent Form 10-Q.