Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and ZTE Corporation, a leading manufacturer of telecommunications equipment in China, today announced ZTE and a Qualcomm subsidiary have entered into a global QPoint license and distribution agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, ZTE is licensed to promote and sell location positioning systems using Qualcomm's QPoint location server software to CDMA2000® 1X and WCDMA (UMTS) network operators on a global basis. ZTE will use the QPoint solution together with Qualcomm's client-based gpsOne® technology to provide Assisted-GPS (A-GPS)-enabled Location Based Services (LBS) worldwide.
“ZTE continues to demonstrate its ambition and leadership in global 3G CDMA markets,” said Jing Wang, senior vice president of Qualcomm and chairman of Qualcomm Greater China. “We are extremely pleased to be working with ZTE as close collaborators and look forward to expanding our business cooperation with ZTE in the unfolding age of global 3G CDMA to bring Qualcomm's position location technology to 3G operators around the world.”
“The agreement further extends the close cooperation between ZTE and Qualcomm,” said Dr. Zhao Xianming, vice president of ZTE. “Working together enables us to promote location-based services leveraging Qualcomm's QPoint and gpsOne technologies with CDMA2000 1X and WCDMA solutions, which we believe will extend our competitive edge on a global level.”
In China, Qualcomm's A-GPS technology-based services are available nationwide. China Unicom is providing multiple location-based services using the QPoint solution and gpsOne technology enabled handsets, which demonstrates the value differentiation and advantage of the CDMA network and Qualcomm's A-GPS technology. ZTE started cooperation with Qualcomm on A-GPS in 2003 and has introduced multiple solutions and equipment including Mobile Positioning Center, Position Determination Entity, Geographic Information System middleware, handsets, the CDMA2000 1X data card and CDMA2000 1X wireless module.
The execution of the global QPoint license and distribution agreement extends a long-term association between Qualcomm and ZTE. ZTE was one of the first major Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturers to enter into a patent license agreement with Qualcomm for CDMA and is a commercial patent licensee for WCDMA. ZTE's product portfolio features handsets based on Qualcomm's proven CDMA2000 1X solutions, including the Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) MSM6000™ and the MSM6025™ chipsets. Recently, ZTE selected Qualcomm's MSM6250™ MSM chipset and system software for the design of 3G handsets for the WCDMA market. In 2002 and 2003, Qualcomm was honored with ZTE's Best Global Partner award.
Qualcomm's gpsOne technology, integrated into most of Qualcomm's chipsets, is a low-cost, high-accuracy A-GPS solution that operates in MS-assisted (A-GPS position calculated in the network), MS-based (A-GPS position calculated in the handset), and standalone/autonomous modes on all major air interfaces, enabling CDMA2000 1X, 1xEV-DO, WCDMA, HSDPA, GSM, GPRS, and EDGE operators to take advantage of Qualcomm's integrated gpsOne solutions. To date, more than 100 million handsets enabled by Qualcomm's gpsOne technology are in commercial use, making gpsOne the most widely deployed GPS technology in the world. The gpsOne solution is part of Qualcomm's Launchpad suite of advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage functionality.
QPoint is Qualcomm's location services software and set of accompanying tools making up the core backend/infrastructure element needed to enable location services to be deployed. Qualcomm works with system integrators to offer QPoint to operators. Qualcomm's QPoint and gpsOne solutions provide the most complete, integrated mass-market location based services solution available today.
ZTE Corporation is China's largest listed telecommunication equipment manufacturer and wireless solutions provider. Founded in 1985, ZTE was listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 1997 and on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange in Hong Kong in 2004. ZTE recorded contract sales of approximately US$4.11 billion in 2004. ZTE is a pioneer of China's telecommunications equipment manufacturing industry and a comprehensive provider of telecommunications equipment, mobile terminals and services.
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, California, 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.