Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (Nasdaq: TSYS), a global leader in wireless data technology, today announced the successful completion of live assisted-GPS (A-GPS) calls on WCDMA (UMTS) and GSM/GPRS networks using a preliminary version of the Secure User Plane for Location (SUPL) interface. SUPL, a standards-based protocol that allows a mobile handset client to communicate with a location server, is a standard promoted by the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) standards body and supported by Qualcomm, TCS and other location industry leaders. Qualcomm and TCS are supporting a preliminary version of the SUPL (“Pre-SUPL”) protocol to meet the rapidly accelerating demand for high-accuracy location-based services in Europe, North and South America and Asia. The test calls were conducted using Qualcomm's TM6250™ test mobile and TCS's Xypoint® Location Platform (XLP) and confirmed the end-to-end interoperability of the Pre-SUPL protocol.
The TM6250 test mobile is powered by Qualcomm's MSM6250™ chipset, which integrates industry-leading gpsOne® technology and offers a cost-effective way to launch high-accuracy location-based services. The Pre-SUPL support in the MSM6250 chipset enables operators to begin commercial trials, application testing and network preparation in anticipation of the final released OMA SUPL specification, accelerating SUPL deployments. To address operator demands, Pre-SUPL support is planned for commercial deployment during 2005.
Upon OMA's finalization of the SUPL specification, SUPL support will become a component of Qualcomm's gpsOne-enabled chipset roadmap and TCS' XLP. The gpsOne solution with Pre-SUPL support is a standard feature of Qualcomm's MSM6250 chipset and software releases. Qualcomm is working with a number of handset partners to commercialize the gpsOne capabilities in the MSM6250 chipset to address rapidly accelerating demand for high-accuracy location-based services. TCS will be incorporating standards-based SUPL support into its XLP providing a complete, future-proof solution as well as seamless migration for those operators deploying A-GPS solutions today.
“We're pleased to work with TCS to test an initial version of the SUPL protocol that supplies the industry with an open, easy migration path to OMA's SUPL standard,” said Mark Frankel, vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “With the early availability of the Pre-SUPL standard, operators can start offering location-based services today that can later be migrated to SUPL — providing a competitive edge that enables early-to-market success.”
“As the pioneer in 3G broadband wireless location server solutions, TCS is excited to work jointly with Qualcomm to enable operators to easily and cost-effectively deploy advanced location-based solutions,” said Maurice B. Tosé, Chairman, President and CEO of TeleCommunication Systems. “We've extended the functionality of our award-winning Xypoint Location Platform to leverage the preliminary version of the SUPL protocol supported by Qualcomm's MSM6250 chipset — advancing the state of A-GPS solutions in the WCDMA market by enabling operators to take full advantage of the revenue-generating potential of location-based services. This brings the precise location accuracy, which CDMA operators have experienced, to the rest of the wireless operators around the world.”
TCS, also a system integrator for Qualcomm's QPoint™ location server product, offers precise location solutions either as in-network platforms or as hosted services. TCS/Qualcomm in-network location-based solutions are now available to any wireless operator in the world, directly through TCS or through TCS' Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) partners. The hosted solution supports multiple standards from a single platform and complements and shares facilities with TCS's E9-1-1 service provided to more than 30 network operators in North America, including four of the five largest, through TCS's TL9000-certified Network Operation Centers. This capability can rapidly deliver emergency and commercial services to any wireless operator globally over any air interface.
The MSM6250 chipset is part of Qualcomm's Multimedia Platform which also includes the MSM6100™, MSM6225™, MSM6250, MSM6300™ and MSM6500™ chipsets — single-chip solutions that deliver engaging multimedia devices and applications to more market segments in every major wireless standard. The MSM6250 chipset supports the Company's Launchpad™ suite of advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage functionality, including Qualcomm's gpsOne solution, the world's most broadly deployed assisted-GPS handset technology.
Qualcomm's chipsets also support the Company's BREW® ecosystem, which enables the development and monetization of advanced applications and content, allowing operators and OEMs to differentiate their products and services and increase revenues. Qualcomm's chipsets are also compatible with the Java® runtime environment; J2ME™ can be built entirely on the chipset as an extension to the BREW solution.
Please refer to Open Mobile Alliance's Web site for more information regarding the Pre-SUPL protocol. Specification documents can be found at: http://member.openmobilealliance.org/ftp/Public_documents/LOC/2004. Related documents include OMA-LOC-2004-0279R03, OMA-LOC-2004-0280R03 and OMA-LOC-2004-0314R01.
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ:TSYS) is a leading provider of mission critical wireless data and precise location solutions to carriers, enterprise and government customers. TCS' wireless data offerings include location-based Enhanced 9-1-1 services, and messaging and location service infrastructure for wireless operators, real-time market data and alerts to financial institutions, mobile asset management and mobile office solutions for enterprises, and encrypted satellite communications to government customers.
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 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 26, 2004, and most recent Form 10-Q.