Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, congratulates Grupo Iusacell, a provider of cellular telephony products and services in Mexico, on its nationwide commercial launch of third-generation (3G) CDMA2000 1X services and the first launch of downloadable wireless products and services based on Qualcomm's BREW solution in Mexico. Iusacell's new BREW-based service offers its CDMA2000 1X subscribers the ability to browse and download an array of applications including e-mail, games, ring tones, entertainment, business and communication services on their wireless devices.
"Mexico represents a significant, growing market for BREW-based services, and Qualcomm is proud to collaborate with Iusacell on this launch," said Peggy Johnson, president of Qualcomm Internet Services. "By enabling the delivery of superior, comprehensive wireless services with its new CDMA2000 1X network and the BREW system, Iusacell clearly illustrates its dedication to providing value and a rich wireless experience to its customer base."
With the BREW system, content developers can build applications in a variety of languages, including Spanish, allowing Iusacell to provide products and services specifically tailored to the Mexican market.
"As the first operator to introduce BREW-based services in Mexico, Iusacell's subscribers will enjoy the most sophisticated wireless technology and services currently available," said Gustavo Guzman, chief executive officer, Iusacell. "Choosing both CDMA2000 1X and the BREW solution was an easy decision. The incredible flexibility of these technologies allows simple, cost-effective delivery of the most advanced data services that Iusacell customers want and need."
Qualcomm's BREW solution provides products and services that connect the mobile marketplace value chain, which includes publishers, developers, content providers, device manufacturers, operators and consumers.
Publishers and developers worldwide are generating revenue from BREW-based applications and content, and 27 manufacturers have offered more than 145 BREW-enabled device models to consumers. Iusacell joins many successful operators that have deployed commercial BREW-based wireless data services around the world, including Verizon Wireless, Alaska Communications Systems, ALLTEL, Cellular One, MetroPCS, Midwest Wireless, NTELOS, Rural Communications Corporation and U.S. Cellular in the United States, China Unicom, KDDI in Japan, KTF in South Korea, Hutch in Thailand, Tata in India, Telstra in Australia, VIVO in Brazil, BellSouth Chile, BellSouth Colombia, BellSouth Ecuador, BellSouth Guatemala, BellSouth Nicaragua, BellSouth Panama, BellSouth Perú, Telefónica Móviles in Perú, Movicom in Argentina, Telcel and Movilnet in Venezuela, Verizon in the Dominican Republic, Verizon Wireless Puerto Rico, Pelephone in Israel and Zapp in Romania.
Since the introduction of CDMA2000 1X in October 2000, there have been 66 carrier launches in 32 countries worldwide. Qualcomm supports CDMA2000 1X with chipsets and system software that offer a variety of advanced features, including multimedia and position location. For examples of 3G devices, services and applications, please visit www.3gtoday.com.
Grupo Iusacell, S.A. de C.V. (Iusacell, NYSE: CEL; BMV: CEL) is a wireless cellular and PCS service provider in seven of Mexico's nine regions, including Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Tijuana, Acapulco, Puebla, Leon and Merida. The Company's service regions encompass a total of approximately 92 million POPs, representing approximately 90 percent of the country's total population.
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.