Largest Brazilian Operator to Offer Full 3G High-Speed Wireless Data and Location-Based Applications and ServicesSAN DIEGO
Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, congratulates VIVO, the leader in third-generation (3G) CDMA services in Brazil, on deploying its CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO wireless data network and position location services based on Qualcomm’s gpsOne™ technology. The CDMA2000 1xEV-DO-powered service offers typical data transmission speeds comparable to home or office broadband connections, enabling business professionals to remain connected and productive wherever their work takes them. VIVO will launch 1xEV-DO high-speed data service in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba initially and will market the service under the name VIVO Zap 3G.
VIVO also will launch location-based services based on gpsOne technology, called VIVO Encontra and this service will be available first in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The gpsOne solution enables a new class of mobile position location applications and services. VIVO will offer exciting location based services (LBS) services over the BREW™ system, including People Finder called VIVO Localiza by WIZ Technologies; Points of Interest called VIVO Aqui Perto and Where Am I? called Onde Estou? by Webraska. Consumers will be able to locate friends or relatives that have given them permission or they can search and find city-specific information that also provides them with driving directions.
“VIVO’s CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network rollout and its gpsOne service offering mark a significant milestone in fulfilling the true promise of 3G high-speed wireless data for Brazilian consumers,” said Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of Qualcomm. “Together, 1xEV-DO and gpsOne services and applications maintain VIVO’s competitive edge in the Brazilian data market and provide its subscribers with an enhanced mobile wireless experience, added consumer safety and security, and improved productivity for business professionals.”
“CDMA2000 1xEV-DO and gpsOne technologies will provide valuable points of differentiation among our local competitors and will be key factors in our service offerings’ success,” said Francisco Padinha, president of VIVO. “We are certain that our customers will find this new 3G, high-speed data service easy to set up, easy to use and, most important, a critical tool for staying connected and productive wherever they are working.”
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO is a data-optimized evolution of CDMA2000 that provides multi-megabit peak rates and average rates of hundreds of kilobits per second at a lower cost per bit than any
other 3G technology available today, an increasingly important factor as wireless services become richer in content. Qualcomm supports CDMA2000 1xEV-DO with a broad range of chipsets and system software solutions, such as the MSM5500™, MSM6500™, MSM6550™, MSM6800™, and MSM7500™. These highly integrated chipsets enable a variety of wireless devices, including wireless handsets, camera phones, PDAs and PC cards for use in laptops and handheld computers, and an array of applications meeting the needs of businesses and consumers.
Qualcomm’s CDMA2000 1xEV-DO solutions harness the true value of high-data-rate networks by supporting the advanced feature set of Qualcomm’s Launchpad™ suite of technologies, encompassing advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage capabilities. For more examples of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO products, visit www.3gtoday.com/devices/DevicesByTechnology.html. In addition to Brazil, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO networks have been commercially deployed in South Korea, Japan, Guatemala, Israel, Czech Republic and the United States.
gpsOne promises to be a driving force in the adoption of wireless data services. Qualcomm’s gpsOne hybrid, Assisted-GPS (AGPS) solution improves upon regular GPS, and provides industry-leading all-terrain accuracy and performance by combining GPS satellite and CDMA network ranging data to locate mobile phones in both outdoor and indoor environments. The cost-effective gpsOne solution is embedded in most Qualcomm CDMA chipsets for mobile devices.
As a part of the Portugal Telecom and Telefónica Móviles Groups, VIVO is the largest cellular telephone operator in the Southern Hemisphere and the 10th in the world, with over 25 million customers in Brazil. The company is the leader of both individual and corporate segments and provides solutions to the latter through its VIVO Empresas business unit.
VIVO’s competitive leadership is in its CDMA technology – which is the basis of 3G cellular telephones all over the world, according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Additionally VIVO’s coverage, trendy and innovative voice and data transmission services, such as broadband mobile Internet, video transmission and other formats of online communication provide its subscribers with exciting products.
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 Company’s ability to successfully design and have manufactured significant quantities of CDMA components on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which CDMA is 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.
Qualcomm is a registered trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. MSM5500, MSM6500, MSM6550, MSM6800, MSM7500 and Launchpad are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. CDMA2000 is a registered trademark of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA USA). All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
October 26, 2004October 26, 2004