Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, congratulates Midwest Wireless on the tremendous success of its BREW-hosting service. Since announcing its first BREW hosting agreement with Rural Cellular Corporation in June 2004, Midwest Wireless has expanded its roster of hosted wireless operators to 11 in less than a year. Through its BREW-hosting model, Midwest Wireless is able to share its existing BREW service solution with other operators that want to offer advanced wireless data services to their own customers.
Midwest Wireless currently hosts BREW services for Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc., Appalachian Wireless, Bermuda Cellular, Bluegrass Cellular, Cellcom, Eloqui Wireless, Golden State Cellular, GUAMCELL Communications, Illinois Valley Cellular, Pioneer/Enid Cellular and Rural Cellular Corp. The company has been offering BREW services to its own customers since August 2003. The incorporation of the group capability within the BREW Distribution System enables Midwest Wireless and its hosted operators to differentiate their individual services. The group feature allows Midwest Wireless to offer a single standard catalog of applications and content to every hosted operator and then add additional specific content that is relevant to an individual operator. This same feature can be used to target special interest groups like teens or business professionals.
"We are pleased to be the first operator offering a hosted BREW services program and more important, that we are enabling other regional operators to provide value-added wireless data services to their subscribers," said Dennis Miller, president and chief executive officer for Midwest Wireless. "Thanks to the BREW solution, we can quickly launch these operators with an extensive line of BREW applications targeted to their customers' needs from ring-tones and games to weather radars to field force management services."
"With 11 hosted operators launched in less than one year, it is clear that Midwest Wireless' hosted model is a success and is demonstrating the flexibility of the BREW solution," said Peggy Johnson, president for Qualcomm Internet Services. "By leveraging this flexibility, Midwest Wireless has been able to make the most of their investment while addressing an important need in the wireless market. We applaud their leadership and innovation and look forward to the continued success of their hosted BREW services program."
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 systems and application software including personalized and branded user interfaces for mass market devices; a J2EE™ -based, modular delivery system that enables the distribution 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 solution can make the wireless visions of innovative companies 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.