Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that one million China Unicom subscribers are using the operator’s BREW services in China as of December 2004. This achievement highlights the continued support for the BREW system in the world’s largest wireless communications market. To date, 10 million BREW applications have been downloaded by Chinese subscribers on more than 50 different handset models and approximately 200 local BREW developers are offering more than 800 BREW applications to China Unicom’s subscribers.
During the last year, the BREW solution has received strong support from handset manufacturers, developers and China Unicom, fueling the rapid development and delivery of next-generation applications and services to businesses and consumers. China Unicom subscribers are using a broad range of BREW services, including mobile banking, mobile TV, ring-tone download and 3D gaming. BREW enterprise applications, in particular, are gaining significant traction, as an increasing number of small and medium-size businesses, government agencies and institutions are using the BREW platform for tax payments, mobile voting, social security information and healthcare applications. Sales of BREW-based applications and content have resulted in profitability for a large percentage of the 200-strong BREW developer base in China.
“The BREW solution is one of the most important contributors to China Unicom’s ARPU (average revenue per user),” said Jianguo Lv, vice president of China Unicom and chairman of Unicom BREW Telecommunication Technologies Ltd. “Over the last year, BREW applications and content have become more popular and we look forward to continued success in furthering the market for commercial wireless data services.”
“Qualcomm is focused on working closely with operators, handset manufacturers and developers to provide products and services that enable high quality wireless data services and our collaboration with the wireless industry in China is producing positive results,” said Jing Wang, senior vice president of Qualcomm and chairman of Qualcomm Greater China. “We have worked hard to forge connections throughout the value chain to deliver demand-driven BREW-based applications tailored for Chinese businesses and consumers. BREW’s achievements in 2004 are a testament to the platform’s ease of use and value by our partners and customers.”
In October last year, Qualcomm announced that BREW publishers and developers have earned more than $200 million from the sales of BREW-based applications. To date, there are 37 commercial operators in 24 countries offering wireless services based on the BREW solution.
Qualcomm’s BREW solution is designed to meet the distinct and varied needs of wireless operators, handset manufacturers, publishers, developers and end users around the world. BREW products and services include: an open, extensible client platform that supports robust system and application software including personalized and branded user interfaces for mass market devices; a J2EE™-based, modular distribution system that enables the delivery of content, applications and user interfaces to wireless devices across all air interfaces; a dedicated professional services team that supports the integration of customized implementations; and the wireless industry’s first global marketplace to support the monetization of applications and services developed in all programming languages. The BREW ecosystem can make your wireless vision a reality.
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 2004 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 26, 2004, and most recent Form 10-Q.