Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced advanced firmware over-the-air (FOTA) update capabilities via Qualcomm’s BREW solution. The capabilities enable wireless operators and handset manufacturers to remotely reflash a BREW-enabled device’s firmware – repairing software flaws or adding new functions – thus eliminating the need for more costly and time-consuming in-store cable-based updates and massive device recalls. Qualcomm will demonstrate BREW-based FOTA capabilities in conjunction with Bitfone Corporation and Insignia Solutions (Nasdaq: INSG) on a Curitel CDM-8940 handset during CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment 2004, October 25-27 in San Francisco’s Moscone Center West, Booth No. 638.
The expanded firmware update delivery environment is available with the latest BREW Distribution System (BDS) release, BDS 2004, allowing operators and OEMs to leverage their current network and device components to experience security, support for billing and mediation, and application management control via the BREW solution.
“The BREW FOTA solution offers powerful capabilities to operators and device manufacturers, eliminating the need for new and costly network and device components,” said Gina Lombardi, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm Internet Services. “We’re excited to be demonstrating this functionality on a Curitel handset and to be collaborating with both Bitfone and Insignia to produce a variety of options for our customers.”
“Bitfone is pleased to announce mProve for BREW, which offers down-to-the-metal firmware update capability to the extensive community of BREW operators and OEMs around the globe,” said Chris Cassapakis, vice president of business development, Bitfone Corporation. “By providing the means to upgrade operating system components as well as BREW services on handsets, mProve is the perfect complement to the BREW Delivery System.”
“We appreciate the opportunity to work with Qualcomm to expand the platform support of our Open Management Client to the BREW solution,” said Mark McMillan, CEO of Insignia. “Phone manufacturers who are faced with supplying mobile device management implementations for multiple operators can now get a single, secure and high performance solution from Insignia.”
“The ability to make over-the-air updates to our devices not only reduces the need for software-related device recalls, but also allows us to quickly and easily deploy product upgrades and accelerate the adoption of wireless services,” said Dan Kim, vice president of product planning, Pantech & Curitel. “Because these new FOTA capabilities are easy to implement using the BREW solution, we’re able to almost instantly raise our level of support beyond that of the competition.”
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 150 BREW-enabled device models to consumers. BREW is successfully enabling the commercial wireless data services of many successful operators, including Verizon Wireless, Alaska Communication Systems, ALLTEL, Cellular One, Cellular South, Cricket Communications, MetroPCS, Midwest Wireless, NTELOS, Pioneer, Rural Cellular Corporation and U.S. Cellular in the United States, Bermuda Digital Communications, China Unicom, KDDI in Japan, KTF in South Korea, Hutch in Thailand, Iusacell in Mexico, VIBO in Taiwan, Tata in India, Telstra in Australia, VIVO in Brazil, BellSouth Argentina, BellSouth Chile, BellSouth Colombia, BellSouth Ecuador, BellSouth Guatemala, BellSouth Nicaragua, BellSouth Panama, BellSouth Peru, Movicom in Argentina, Movicom in Uruguay, Telcel and Movilnet in Venezuela, Verizon Dominicana, Verizon Wireless Puerto Rico, Pelephone in Israel and Zapp in Romania.
About Bitfone Corporation
Bitfone Corporation provides unparalleled expertise and innovative software solutions for customer care automation and mobile device management to wireless operators and handset providers. Bitfone’s SmartCare, mProve™ and MVP products improve usability of mobile devices by diagnosing and repairing software problems and delivering software updates and configuration settings over the air. Bitfone’s solutions allow customers to find, fix and enhance mobile devices, safely and efficiently. Bitfone’s customers also benefit from significant cost savings in the areas of customer service and warranty, improved device quality and customer satisfaction, and broader adoption of advanced wireless services. Bitfone is a private company headquartered in Laguna Niguel, California, with offices in Canada, China, Japan, South Korea and the U.K. For more information, please visit www.bitfone.com.
About Insignia Solutions
Insignia provides an essential ingredient to mobile operators and terminal manufacturers by enabling mobile device management to a growing complex and diverse community of mobile devices. Insignia’s products and services radically reduce customer care and recall costs, maintain device integrity, and enable a wide range of new mobile services. Founded in 1986, Insignia has a long history of innovation, stewardship of major industry standards, and the trust of dozens of manufacturers around the world. Insignia Solutions is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol INSG. The company is headquartered in Fremont, California with R&D and European operations based in the United Kingdom. For additional information about Insignia or its products please visit http://www.insignia.com.
About Curitel Communications
Starting out its business in 1983, Curitel Communications Inc. became one of the first companies in the world to develop CDMA mobile phones in 1993 and began to export CDMA phones to the U.S. market. In 2001, Curitel became affiliated with Pantech Co. under the single leadership of Mr. B.Y. Park. With a surprising emergence in the domestic and overseas markets, Curitel is now traded on the Korea Stock Exchange. Its products are being recognized in the U.S. market through its business partners with over five million unit sales in North America. Curitel develops high-end, multi-featured mobile handsets, and it aims to be one of the world’s top six mobile handset manufacturers with Pantech by producing 20 million handsets in 2004.
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.